With the New Year fast approaching, the NHL trade deadline is on the minds of many general managers. That includes Anaheim Ducks front office head Pat Verbeek with his team struggling big time at 10-22-4 on the season.

March 3 marks the last day teams can make deals with other teams. And while some are looking for pieces to make deep playoff runs, others are looking to trade players for draft picks in hopes of facilitating a rebuild. The Anaheim Ducks are undoubtedly the latter, and will be sellers ahead of the trade deadline.

With promising pieces for a rebuild including Trevor Zegras, Jamie Drysdale and Troy Terry, the Ducks are a bottom-of-the-league team looking to the future. So, as they did with Josh Manson last season, they will likely move some veterans to acquire picks and look to the future, especially as the 2023 NHL draft is dubbed a “Kingmaker,” with an impressive lineup of talented prospects headlined by Connor Bedard.

With that in mind, these are three trades the Anaheim Ducks should make ahead of the NHL trade deadline.


The Anaheim Ducks trade John Gibson

The mega-talented goaltender is, in short, struggling in Anaheim. His stats, which are a pretty dismal 3.99 goals against average and a .896 save percentage, are hardly reflective of his abilities. The entire league knows it. He’s also suffered a ton of injuries in the last few years, likely as a result of overexertion.

The entire NHL has seen John Gibson stand on his head and keep the Anaheim Ducks in games they had no business winning. Many teams would likely offer a pretty hefty trade package to have him between the pipes for a playoff run.