The Anaheim Ducks traded away Ondrej Kase to the Boston Bruins. For a young, promising winger, the team should have gotten a better package.
The trade deadline is looming which means trades are flying around and judgments are being placed on each move. Today, the Boston Bruins made a great move by adding a young, promising winger in Ondrej Kase of the Anaheim Ducks to their offensive depth as well as opened up more cap room by trading away David Backes.
In return, the Ducks got Backes with 25% of his salary retained by the Bruins, as well as prospect Axel Andersson and a 2020 first-round pick.
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This deal is not great for Anaheim. They traded away Kase who is just 24 years old and who has a lot of offensive potential. For a team that struggles desperately to score more, trading away a promising winger seems counter-intuitive.
He missed a huge chunk of last season from an injury but in the season before he had 20 goals and 38 points in 66 games played. Kase is fast and can score and he has all the tools that the Ducks are lacking.
Helping out Boston’s offensive depth as well as their cap situation should cost way more than what the Ducks charged the Bruins.
Bob Murray could have gotten more prospects or even more picks. For a team that is rebuilding, they need all the futures they can get and a piece like Kase should have gotten the team way more.
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The Ducks’ strength has always been their defense and solid goaltending but when your team is tied for second-last in the NHL in goals per game, maybe the general manager should try and address that. Goals win you games and unless Bob Murray can bring in more young offensively talented players to help support Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell, this team won’t get very far.