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February 8, 2017 | 10:31am ET
Ducks, Avalanche talking Landeskog?

It's no secret the Anaheim Ducks have a surplus of quality defensemen and a number of teams have been trying to pry at least one of them away.

Ducks GM Bob Murray has indicated that he plans on staying the course and riding his team out, but if the right offer presented itself, he would seriously consider making a move.

Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic recently took in a Ducks game, furthering speculation that the two teams are involved in trade discussions.

It's believed, according to multiple league sources, the Ducks have interest in Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog and would be willing to part with one of their younger defensemen in a deal to get him.

The Ducks are no longer exploring the trade market on All-Star blueliner Cam Fowler, who has been one of the team's best players this season, nor are they interested in moving Hampus Lindholm. However, Sami Vatanen and Josh Manson are generating interest and could be had for the right price, said one Western Conference team source.

Sakic and the Avs are reportedly interested in Vatanen, who has three-years left on his contract after this season and comes with a $4.875 million salary cap hit.

Landeskog, 24, has four-years remaining on his contract and owns a cap hit just north of $5.571 million.

Trade talks could carry out throughout the month, leading up to the March 1 trade deadline, but neither team is in a rush to move either player, given the amount of term still on their contracts.

The Ducks have been looking for a top-six left wing for more than two seasons, and with Rickard Rakell playing well alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, acquiring Landeskog could see him placed on the team's second line with Ryan Kesler and Jakub Silfverberg.


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