Over the past few days, it appears the Anaheim Ducks are in the spotlight, with trade rumors flying about. While most have either been unsubstantiated or non-starters due to contractual No-Trade Clauses, they have all his upon the fact that the Ducks currently have a lot of holes to fill if their aim is to be a playoff team.
The Patrick Laine rumor that has recently surfaced, while likely complete fabrication, hit upon the fact that the Ducks have a dearth of high-end goal-scoring talent. Even the prospect pool is mostly comprised of playmakers. This is compounded by the Ducks finishing last season approximately 50 goals behind the league median and having removed a top 50 scoring defenseman over the last season and dropping a former goal scorer in Corey Perry.