Anaheim Ducks acquire Tomas Fleischmann for Dany Heatley, third-round pick

Jared Clinton
Tomas Fleischmann, left, has been traded to the Anaheim Ducks. (Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

Another domino has fallen ahead of Monday’s trade deadline, as the Florida Panthers traded Tomas Fleischmann to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Dany Heatley and a third-round pick in 2015.

The Panthers have made no secret of Fleischmann’s availability and it was clear that the 30-year-old winger would be dealt by the deadline. With just seven goals and 21 points in 52 games for Florida this season, Fleischmann is on pace for a second straight season of 30 points or fewer.

Fleischmann will become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, but is earning $4.5 million this season in the final year of a four-year, $18 million contract he signed with the Panthers in July 2011. Read more

THN Trade Deadline preview: Pacific Division

Jeff Petry (Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)

The Anaheim Ducks may be running away with the division title, but it’s the recent surge by the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings that is the story right now. Following eight straight wins, Los Angeles has gone from the outside looking in to nipping at the heels of the Vancouver Canucks for second place in the Pacific.

And if the wild-card race wasn’t tight enough in the Western Conference with the play of the Minnesota and Winnipeg in the Central, San Jose and Calgary only a breath back of the Wild for the final wild-card berth.

At the bottom of the table sits Edmonton, set for yet another year of building for the future, and Arizona, shedding weight in favor of a youth movement in hopes the team can become a consistent contender in the near future. Both squads have players that are ready to move, and it could end up being they are dealt within the division. Read more

Five NHL trade deadline deals that helped clinch the Stanley Cup

Bill Guerin (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

What are the chances your team will land a player on trade deadline day to help it win the Stanley Cup this year? It’s a long shot, but perhaps not as remote as you think.

Over the past 10 years, five teams have made swaps on D-day for a piece of the puzzle, guys who’ve helped, on various levels, to capture glory. Here they are, in order of significance:

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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

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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