February 2, 2019 | 5:39pm ET
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DUCKS, SILFVERBERG TALKING CONTRACT EXTENSION

 
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Jakob Silfverberg, winger

 

The Anaheim Ducks are trying to get forward Jakob Silfverberg locked up to a new contract extension and it appears talks may be moving in the right direction.

Silfverberg, 28, is in the final-year of a four-year, $15 million contract and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. If the Ducks can’t get him locked up to a new deal, they’ll likely have to move him by the Feb. 25 trade deadline.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, though, “talks are progressing” and the Ducks hope they can reach a new deal with Silfverberg.

In 42 games with the Ducks, to date, Silfverberg has picked up 12 goals and nine assists for 19 points.

His most productive season came in 2016-17 when he tallied 23 goals and 26 assists for 49 points in 79 games.

If the two sides cannot agree on a new contract, Ducks GM Bob Murray will have to seriously explore the trade market. It has been widely reported that a number of teams would have interest in Silfverberg, with the Nashville Predators, Vegas Golden Knights, Boston Bruins and New York Islanders among the teams that could up their efforts to acquire him if he becomes fully available.