Anaheim Ducks Preview

Additions: Ryan Kesler, Dany Heatley, Clayton Stoner, Jason LaBarbera
The Ducks made some really positive changes this year in the looks of staying on top in the Western Conference. They pretty much needed two players to fill in the void in the second line for Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu, and they did just that. Not only did they replace them, but they improved over them. The Ducks just got younger up front and now they have an excellent 1-2 punch with their top two centers in Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler. The Dany Heatley signing was an outstanding move as well because he is a great player with a proven track record of putting up All Star numbers. He may be on the decline, but that doesn’t worry Anaheim because they only gave up 1 million for him, which is as much as your average fourth liner, except he brings more to the table than any random depth player. He still has it in him to put up some good offensive numbers, and if it doesn’t work out, it is only a one year deal so Anaheim has nothing to lose. Picking up Clayton Stoner was also a great move because now they have that much needed defensive depth after losing veteran Stephane Robidas. Jason LaBarbera is also a solid move because he is an experienced NHL level backup goalie who will most likely play in the AHL next year to mentor some of the younger guys, or if John Gibson needs to spend another year in the minors, LaBarbera can do his job backing up Frederik Andersen.

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