They were hardly blockbuster moves, perhaps more of a prelude to what could come before the Feb. 29 trade deadline. But they certainly got the Ducks' attention.
In a span of six days this month, Ducks General Manager Bob Murray traded speedsters Carl Hagelin and Jiri Sekac in separate transactions for David Perron and noted pest Ryan Garbutt.
In talking about Garbutt, Murray cited a need to play a harder style, a nod toward the physical ethos of their 2007 Stanley Cup run.
It said everything about a team that has gone from leading the NHL in scoring two seasons ago to the grinding approach it apparently will take in its post-All-Star break push that begins...