News: Despres (head), who was acquired from the Penguins prior to Monday's trade deadline, will make him Ducks debut Tuesday against the Coyotes, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: There was some doubt cast on Despres' availability after he took a hit to the upper-body area in his final game with the Penguins on Sunday, but it appears he was cleared of any concussion-like symptoms before being dealt Monday. Despres, who has racked up 17 points, 64 PIM, and 184 hits over 59 games this season, should hold down a regular role on the Ducks' blue line the rest of the way.
News: The Blue Jackets diagnosed Wisniewski's foot injury as a bone bruise prior to dealing him to the Ducks, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: The Ducks likely wouldn't have been motivated to deal for Wisniewski had he been dealing with something more serious such as a fracture, so the bone bruise shouldn't be considered a long-term setback. However, it could delay the blueliner's debut with his new team, as it doesn't seem likely at the moment that he'll be ready to suit up for either end of the Ducks' back-to-back set Tuesday against the Coyotes and Wednesday against the Canadiens.
News: Sgarbossa was acquired from the Avalanche on Monday in exchange for defenseman Mat Clark.
Impact: The Avalanche and Ducks are likely just exchanging spare minor-league parts to round out their respective AHL rosters. The 22-year-old Sgarbossa had four goals and 23 points in 40 games with the Avs' affiliate in Lake Erie this season and is considered a minor prospect.
News: Holzer (concussion) was traded to the Ducks on Monday in exchange for defenseman Eric Brewer and a 2016 fifth-round draft pick, James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail reports.
Impact: Holzer sustained a concussion over the weekend in what would go down as his final game as a member of the Leafs, so don't expect him to make an impact with the Ducks in the near future. In fact, given the depth of Anaheim's blue line, it's highly likely that Holzer reports to AHL Norfolk once he's healthy. The deal was consummated mostly out of the Ducks' desire to shed Brewer's $3.75 million cap hit, which the Leafs were more than willing to take on in order to net the free draft pick.
News: Wisniewski was traded to the Ducks on Monday along with a 2015 third-round draft pick in exchange for forwards William Karlsson and Rene Bourque and a 2015 second-round draft pick, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Wisniewski will likely assume a top-four role on defense with his new organization, giving the Ducks an added dose of puck-moving ability on the blue line. The 31-year-old has predictably been unable to replicate last season's 51-point scoring outburst in 2014-15, but he's still been an above-average source of goals and assists for a defenseman. Assuming the foot injury he suffered in Saturday's game against the Penguins doesn't prove too problematic, Wisniewski's fantasy value figures to notice a small uptick with the move, as his placement on a superior Ducks squad should allow his plus/minus mark to recover from its current minus-10 standing.
News: Despres (head) was traded to the Ducks on Monday in exchange for defenseman Ben Lovejoy, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: The Penguins indicated the head injury that Despres suffered in Sunday's win over the Blue Jackets appears to be minor, but that didn't prevent the team from seeking a veteran blueliner on deadline day. While Lovejoy possesses more NHL experience and might offer more present-day value than Despres, it appears the Ducks have added yet another intriguing young blueliner to a corps that also includes three under-25 talents in Cam Fowler, Hampus Lindholm, and Sami Vatanen. At 6-foot-4 with a willingness to hit and the ability to score, Despres could become a mainstay on the defense for the Ducks over the next several seasons.
News: Stoner scored the game winner in the third period of Sunday night's clash in Dallas.
Impact: Not normally known for his scoring prowess, the defenseman was able to score his first goal in nearly a full calendar year. Seeing as how his career total is now at five goals and 33 assists, don't expect the 30-year old to suddenly become fantasy viable.
News: Gibson stopped 39 of 40 shots faced Sunday night in Dallas.
Impact: This was Gibson's fifth win in his last six starts, as it appears that both him and his team have worked their way out of a slump. However, it appears that Gibson will be relegated to backup duties very soon with regular starter Frederik Andersen fully recovered from a head/neck injury. Keep a close eye on Gibson's status in the coming days.