Just because they got Hampus Lindholm signed doesn’t mean the Anaheim Ducks need to make a trade right away.
First of all, the 22-year-old defenseman won’t be able to play until he gets a work visa, and that could take a week or two.
Secondly, even when he’s back in the lineup, Simon Despres (who’s got a suspected concussion, which is a “very sensitive issue”) and Nate Thompson (who ruptured his Achilles and may not be back before the trade deadline) will not be.
And with Despres and Thompson on LTIR, GM Bob Murray has some wiggle room, at least for now.
“I wanted to give this group another shot, and I’m going to do everything in my power to keep it that way,” Murray told reporters on a conference call, adding that he was thankful for owners who’ve allowed him to spend to the cap.
Cam Fowler has long been seen as a potential cap casualty once Lindholm signed, but the Ducks do not want to trade him, given Fowler’s ability and meaning to the team. Fowler, who’s off to a hot start with three goals and four assists in eight games, has two years left on his deal at $4 million per season.
The Ducks have gone 3-0-1 since dropping their first four to start the season. Their next game is Friday at home to Columbus.