At this point in the regular season, the Anaheim Ducks are still anything but a playoff contender. However, a recent streak of 4-0-1 has at least landed them a spot on the radar and put some distance between them and the trade rumors that have followed them.
If anything is true about the post-Stanley Cup Anaheim Ducks teams, it's that they play a tremendous second half. In order for this year's team to make the playoffs, it will have to be no different and probably better than in years past.
The Ducks' core is still intact and has survived a whirlwind of trade rumors and speculation. A playoff berth would go a long way towards putting a stop to the trade talks once and for all.
Here's what the Anaheim Ducks need to do to make that happen this year.