When the Anaheim Ducks traded away Andrew Cogliano this morning to the Dallas Stars, many took it as a sign that the team was looking to break up the core group and move in a different direction. That was understandable given their recent lack of success, so it was easy to look at the roster and expect a pending unrestricted free agent like Jakob Silfverberg to be next on the chopping block. Not so fast apparently, as Ducks GM Bob Murray told Craig Custance of The Athletic that the team would “take another crack” at signing Silfverberg to an extension.
Silfverberg, 28, is in fact one of the few pending unrestricted free agents the Ducks have on the roster this season, and perhaps the one that would draw the most interest near the trade deadline. The two-way winger has consistently performed for the Ducks since being acquired from the Ottawa Senators as part of the Bobby Ryan trade back in 2013, and actually leads the team in goals this season with 12. That kind of reliable performance would be coveted by many teams, especially ones looking for right-handed help at forward. He only carries a $3.75MM cap hit and can fit into several different roles.