After 18 seasons in the NHL, C Todd Marchant has announced his retirement. Marchant, a member the 1994 US Olympic Men’s Hockey Team, finishes his career with 1195 games played with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Anaheim Ducks.
2:00 PM PST today was the deadline to tender qualifying offers to restricted free agents. In order to retain the sole negotiating rights to the RFA’s, the Anaheim Ducks gave qualifying offers to three players. The six remaining RFA’s that were not tendered offers are now eligible for unrestricted free agency.
The players that were allowed to walk were C Kyle Chipchura, D Eric Regan, D John de Gray, LW Ryan Hillier, D Nigel Williams, and G J-P Levasseur.
Analysis to come shortly.
In this Report Card we take a look at how the Ducks did, including trade value, fulfilling needs, and prospect evaluation.
Having selected RW Rickard Rakell in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Ducks looked to fulfill the rest of their needs on Day 2. The Ducks started the day with five picks: 39th (TOR), 53rd, 65th (NYI), 83rd, and 143rd. They added the 160th overall pick in the 6th round from Toronto in exchange for the Ducks’ 2012 6th round pick.
With six selections the Ducks addressed their needs in all areas of the ice, taking a goalie, two defensemen, and three forwards. Let’s take a look at who they selected on Sunday.
On the first day of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Anaheim Ducks were looking to move up from their 22nd pick. Unable to find a trading partner to do so, GM Bob Murray opted to instead trade down to gather additional picks.
Murray connected with former Ducks GM Brian Burke to trade the 22nd pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in return for the 30th and 39th overall picks in this year’s draft. Burke went on to select tough Tyler Biggs with the 22nd pick.
The trade left Anaheim with the 30th overall pick, originally from the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins. With all of the big names long gone, Bob Murray picked Rickard Rakell, a forward from the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers. Let’s take a look at some video.