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Monday, February 28, 2011
Ducks: More support than substance on trade deadline

By Dan Arritt

Unlike their neighbors up the 5 Freeway, the Ducks didn't vastly improve their roster during the final hours of Monday’s NHL trade deadline. Sure, they added a couple more pieces to the puzzle, but not the game-changer that Dustin Penner looks to be in Los Angeles.

Instead of going out and purchasing that nice new recliner, the Ducks opted to just rearrange some furniture.

Coming to Anaheim is forward Brad Winchester, who has nine goals and 14 points in 57 games for St. Louis this season. He had a career-high of 13 goals and 21 points during 2008-09. He does have Stanley Cup final experience, playing for the Oilers in their seven-game loss to the Carolina Panthers in 2006.

The Ducks gave up the 2012 third-round pick they acquired earlier in the day in a trade with Vancouver.

In that deal, the Ducks also received center Joel Perrault, who was on injured reserve with Vancouver’s minor-league team in Manitoba because of a high ankle sprain. Perrault, a former fifth-round pick of the Ducks, was traded at the 2006 deadline for defenseman Sean O’Donnell, who helped the Ducks win the Stanley Cup title the following year. Perrault has 12 goals in 96 career games with Phoenix, St. Louis and Vancouver.

In exchange for Perrault and the third-round pick, the Ducks sent centers Maxim Lapierre and MacGregor Sharp to the Canucks. Lapierre played 21 games for Anaheim after he was traded from Montreal on Dec. 31 for defenseman Brett Festerling and 2012 fifth-round pick, totaling no goals and three assists.

Sharp had six goals in 50 games with Anaheim’s primary AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.

It was a busy last couple of months for the Ducks but they didn’t add much more than support players and a couple of goalkeepers to fill in for Jonas Hiller, who is sidelined with lightheadedness.

Then again, are the Ducks really buyers, or just reorganizers?