February 5, 2019 | 9:59am ET
DUCKS LOOKING TO ENTER SELLER’S MARKET?
Cam Fowler, defenceman
The Anaheim Ducks are falling, not sliding, down the standings in the Western Conference, having lost four straight by a combined score of 23-5.
The Ducks are now 13th in the West and if they continue their downward spiral, may battle the Ottawa Senators for last in the entire NHL.
With their playoff hopes quickly disappearing – don’t get fooled by the fact they’re only three points behind Vancouver for the final wildcard spot in the West, because four other teams are, too – the Toronto Sun reports the Ducks are “definitely sellers” with the Feb. 25 trade deadline quickly approaching.
According to Sun columnist Steve Simmons, “everybody not named John Gibson, Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg is up for sale.”
Silfverberg, of course, is in contract talks with the Ducks over a new long-term extension. If the two sides cannot agree to a new deal in the coming weeks, Ducks GM Bob Murray will likely be forced to trade him.
Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin attended the last two Ducks games in Winnipeg and Toronto, and will see them again tonight when the Habs host the slumping Ducks, prompting speculation that he’s got his eye on one or two players.
Bergevin has expressed interest in Ducks defenceman Cam Fowler in the past, trying to acquire him two summer’s ago at the NHL Draft, and it’s possible he’s re-examined Fowler’s asking price. The Canadiens are in the market for a top-four left defenceman.
Fowler, however, owns as four-team trade list and would likely need to approve a move to Montreal if the two teams iron out a deal.
The Sun suggests teams keeping an eye on the Ducks lately are looking at their “middle-roster players,” which could suggest forwards Adam Henrique, Nick Ritchie and Devin Shore, acquired last month from Dallas, are drawing interest.