The Ducks, in their second trade of the day, and fourth of the last week, acquired pain in the ass extraordinaire Jarkko Ruutu from the Ottawa Senators.
You’ll recall that on Tuesday, I suggested that Ruutu could be one of a handful of Senators moved at or before the deadline as they try to clean house and start fresh.
Ruutu, of course, became famous for his inspirational in-game speeches.
In doing so, the Ducks only had to give up their 6th round pick in this summer’s draft. For those keeping score at home, so far the Ducks have added:
Jarkko Ruutu, Francois Beauchemin, a conditional 7th rounder this year, and 5th rounder next year.
In doing so, they’ve given up:
Prospect Jake Gardiner, Joffrey Lupul, AHLer Aaron Voros, spare part defender Paul Mara, their 6th round pick in 2011, and a fourth round pick in 2013.
All in all, I’d score this as a win for the Ducks. They’ve gotten much better this year, without giving up much of anything in the future.
They come out slightly behind in the picks gained/lost (getting a 5th and 7th, losing a 4th and 6th), but added two roster players while only losing one. Anaheim really seems to be gearing up for a playoff run, after a really poor start to the season. They are now only one point out of third place in the Western Conference, and climbing quickly, having gone 7-3-0 in their last 10.