NHL Rumors: 2 Anaheim Ducks Trade Candidates

The Anaheim Ducks sit with a record of 27-24-9 on the season and are four points out of a playoff spot. Unfortunately math isn't on their side as the Dallas Stars, who sit in the second wild card spot currently have four games in hand. New general manager Pat Verbeek has told other teams he's willing to listen on some players when it comes to trades before the March 21 deadline so let's take a look at two players who will likely be leaving the Ducks:

Hampus Lindholm, LHD

One of the most coveted defensemen on the market, Lindholm will get Verbeek a huge package in return that should help them build for the future. He's 28-years-old and still in the prime of his career, making $5.2 million against the cap. So far in 58 games this season, the smooth-skating blueliner has recorded 21 points and if it wasn't for a couple of dry spells throughout the season would be on pace for shattering his career high in numbers. There's been a lot of discussion about the Florida Panthers, St Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs being interested. Any deal will likely include a roster player, draft pick and top prospect heading to California.

Rickard Rakell, RW/LW

The versatile winger is a pending free agent and is expected to be moved in the next 10 days. He's making $3.78 against the cap this season and there's a chance the Ducks end up retaining some salary which should help them get back a solid prospect or two. Rakell has 16 goals in 50 games this season and is a proven 30-plus goal scorer in the league, so there's certainly no shortage of interest. The Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers and Colorado Avalanche are in heavy pursuit of the 28-year-old. Look for Verbeek to ask for at least a second-round pick and prospect for any return on Rakell.

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