The Ducks traded away 4 players (Ryan Whitney, Vesa Toskala, Justin Pogge, Petteri Nokelainen) and 3 picks (4th, 6th, 7th), while acquiring 4 players (Lubomir Visnovsky, Aaron Ward, Curtis McElhinney, Joey MacDonald) and 1 pick (6th).
The biggest name that moved on deadline day was Visnovsky, who instantly gives the team a true powerplay quarterback, and with Scott Niedermayer expected to retire, a #1 defenseman for the next few seasons. The acquisition of veteran Aaron Ward means that the team is serious about fighting for a playoff spot, sitting only two points out of 8th at the moment. McElhinney moves from one strong goaltender to backing up another in Jonas Hiller.
Ryan Whitney hasn’t done what was expected of him when he was acquired from the Penguins last season, and was deemed expendable. The same would apply to Vesa Toskala, who is an unrestricted free agent.
As expected, Scott Niedermayer was not traded, even though his name had come up in the rumor mill.