The league leaders were rumored to be on the market for a veteran defenseman to add to a young defensive core and they acquired that in a three-team trade, dealing away forward Dustin Penner to the Washington Capitals for a fourth-round pick, which was then traded to Dallas for defender Stephane Robidas.
In a separate transaction, backup goaltender Viktor Fasth, who has been on injured reserve since November, was dealt to Edmonton to back up former Los Angeles Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens in return for third- and fifth-round picks in the next two drafts.
CONFIRMED: #NHLDucks trade LW Dustin Penner to WAS for fourth-round pick, used to acquire defenseman Stephane Robidas from DAL.
In Robidas, the Ducks get the veteran presence the team was looking for since Sheldon Souray was ruled out for the rest of the season. It's somewhat of a risky move, as Robidas suffered a fractured bone in his right leg Nov. 29, but his recovery has been somewhat quick and the doctors have given him a timeline of only a couple weeks before he is ready to play.
The 37-year-old is a 13-year veteran that was averaging 20 minutes a game before the broken leg. He won't need to carry a huge workload -- Cam Fowler, Ben Lovejoy, Marc Fistric and Francois Beauchemin will handle that -- and his health had not previously been in question prior to his injury this season.
He is expected to be with the team Thursday.
Penner was in his second stint with the team that signed him as a free agent out of the University of Maine in 2004. He won a Stanley Cup with both the Ducks and their rival Kings and skated on the line with captain Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, scoring 13 goals and 32 points in 49 games this season. Getzlaf himself pushed for the signing of Penner last summer after a disappointing stint with the Kings.
CONFIRMED: #NHLDucks acquire 2014 fifth-round pick and 2015 third-round pick from Edmonton for goaltender Viktor Fasth.
"It's unfortunate for Dustin. He worked hard and played hard here," Ducks GM Bob Murray said. "I wish him nothing but the best."
Most famous for injuring his back eating pancakes, the irony of him being traded on National Pancake Day has not been lost on Twitter.
The Ducks had a crowded goalie situation with one of the top net-minders in the game in Jonas Hiller and backups Fasth and Frederik Anderson both playing strong behind Hiller. Ultimately, Anderson's 2.12 goals against average in 19 NHL games this season forced the Ducks' hand.
"Viktor is a class act and a great guy. He battled to get back," Murray said. "You watched Andersen play. I don't need to say anything else. You've got Jonas Hiller. That had to be cleaned up."
GM Bob Murray on acquiring Robidas: "Getting Stephane, who I’ve always liked how hard he competes, how hard he plays."