Smith-Pelly/Sekac trade: risky for Ducks, safe for Canadiens. Who wins?

Matt Larkin
Jiri Sekac.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The trade deadline marks a time of buyers and sellers, of lopsided deals helping one side in the short term and the other down the road.

That’s why Tuesday’s swap between the Anaheim Ducks and Montreal Canadiens feels odd. They rank second and first in their respective conferences and completed a true “hockey trade,” with right winger Devante Smith-Pelly, 22, going to Montreal for left winger Jiri Sekac, 22. Both players have one year remaining on their deals, Smith-Pelly at $800,000 and Sekac at $925,000, before becoming restricted free agents. They were born four days apart in 1992.

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Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate to be named San Diego Gulls

Jared Clinton
San Diego Gulls AHL featured

When it was announced Anaheim’s AHL team was moving from Norfolk, Va., to San Diego, Calif., talk immediately began about what the club would be named.

Sunday afternoon, it appears San Diego hockey fans have gotten their answer: the relocated team will take on the Gulls name, paying tribute to the longstanding tradition of area hockey teams being given that moniker. Read more

Ilya Bryzgalov waived by Ducks – is this the end of his career?

Jared Clinton
Anaheim Ducks Ilya Bryzgalov

The NHL may have seen the last of Ilya Bryzgalov.

Sunday afternoon, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the Anaheim Ducks have placed Bryzgalov on waivers and, if he clears, he will be demoted to the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals. The news comes as a surprise after goaltender Frederik Andersen missed the Ducks road trip into Western Canada.

With Bryzgalov having an extremely subpar season between the pipes for the Ducks, there’s a good chance this is his last run in the NHL. Read more

Prospect Hot List: San Jose’s Swiss grinder, Noah Rod

Switzerland's Noah Rod celebrates at the world juniors (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

Weather permitting, Boston’s NCAA Beanpot tournament will end next week and hopefully I’ll be there. In the meantime, some more important dates were established when the CHL announced the hosts of next year’s Super Series with Russia: Kamloops, Kelowna, Owen Sound, Windsor, Rouyn-Noranda and Halifax. With that out of the way, let’s take a trip around the world of prospects.

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Anaheim Ducks hit with injuries to Beleskey, Vatanen

Jared Clinton
Sami Vatanen (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Anaheim Ducks have dealt with goaltending injuries, a beaten up blueline and the mumps, but now, with less than two full months of regular season action remaining, the team will have to deal with the losses of Matt Beleskey and Sami Vatanen.

The Ducks announced Tuesday afternoon that Beleskey will be sidelined 2-4 weeks with an upper-body injury, while Vatanen’s lower-body injury will keep him on the shelf for 4-6 weeks. The injuries come just as the Ducks were beginning to get to full health again and right as teams head into the two-week stretch before the trade deadline. Read more

Getzlaf calls Ovechkin out, says he was diving “all over the ice”

Jared Clinton
Ryan Getzlaf. (Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

Alex Ovechkin had quite the game Sunday evening. The Washington superstar scored two goals, added two assists, and, if you ask Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf, Ovechkin can even add a dive to his accomplishments.

After the game between the Ducks and Capitals, Getzlaf was speaking to media when he let Ovechkin really have it. There’s some NSFW audio, so beware of that before you listen. Read more

Show that special someone you care with ridiculous NHL-themed Valentine’s Day cards

Jared Clinton
Jonathan Toews Valentine's Day card (Chicago Blackhawks)

Ah, Valentine’s Day – the one day of the year that you get to tell that special person in your life how much you care with a pun and a picture of Patrick Sharp. Wait, what?

Yes, that’s right. Thanks to the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks, there are more than a few wonderful ways to tell that certain someone how much you care. Both teams released player-themed Valentine’s Day Cards that will make you cringe. Even the most hopeless romantic isn’t this hopeless. Take a look at some of the best. Read more