Anaheim didn’t have a very eventful offseason, their biggest win was drafting highly touted prospect Trevor Zegras, while that was an offseason move, it will not be considered an offseason move. The moves are consisted of signings, trades, and buyouts, not hires. So here is the gradings for a very boring Ducks offseason.
Buying Out Corey Perry
This move gave Anaheim $6 million dollars to work with in the offseason. The Ducks parted ways with long time franchise player Corey Perry. The franchise leader in games played left the Ducks with a legacy the consisted of the Hart and Maurice Richard Trophies in 2011, four all star games, two all-NHL teams and a Stanley Cup. Perry’s last few seasons as a Duck saw his numbers drop steadily. So the former 50 goal scorer was bought out by Anaheim following a 10 point season which was shortened due to injury. This was a move Anaheim had to make due to the change of scenery in the organization. Perry ended up signing with the Dallas Stars in free agency.
Signing Michael Del Zotto and Chris Wideman
Bob Murray picked up some cheap depth on the blueline in Wideman and Del Zotto. A familiar face in Del Zotto played well on a pairing with Cam Fowler and we can expect to see more of him in a bottom pairing defenseman role. Chris Wideman is an interesting pickup as he is projected to be Anaheim’s 7th defenseman. Wideman bounced around the league in the 2018-19 season as he played for Ottawa, Edmonton, and Florida. He also played for Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate for 3 games. Wideman solidifies the defense in San Diego and adds cheap depth to Anaheim’s blueline.
Trading for Nicolas Deslauriers and Signing Andreas Martinson
Ahhh the two fourth line plugs Bob Murray acquired in the offseason. It’s inevitable for Murray to sign at least one or two of these guys in the offseason. These signings make no sense to me if they end up in the lineup next season. Martinson put up 4 points in 24 games last season for the Blackhawks and will most likely play in the AHL this season, but if not this signing is highly disappointing. Trading for Nic Deslauriers was one of the most questionable moves Bob Murray made this offseason as he traded for Nick Ritchie with no upside in the former Canadiens forward. If they end up playing the two this is a very disappointing pick up.