Frederik Andersen ‘had to go,’ Ducks General Manager says
Posted by: Charlie Smith
The Anaheim Ducks are moving things around in order to improve their hockey betting chances for next season. First they brought back Randy Carlyle, the only Stanley Cup-winning head coach in the history of the franchise. And now they have traded goalkeeper Frederik Andersen to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a first-round draft pick in 2016 and a 2017 second-round draft pick. As a result, Anaheim has two first round picks (24th and 30th) in the 2016 NHL Draft. Ducks general manager Bob Murray told the press that either Andersen or John Gibson “had to go.” One of them might have ended up in the new Las Vegas expansion team, anyway.
As it was, Gibson had to compete with Andersen for the spot, but now the Ducks plan to hire another goalie to serve as backup to Gibson. Fans who bet on NHL can expect Anaheim to get a veteran net-minder “that can handle a bunch of games” (25 to 30) so as to not overplay Gibson. Andersen went 22-9-7 with a 2.30 goals-against average (GAA) and .919 save percentage and three shutouts in 43 games last season. In the postseason, he started in game 3 and remained the starting goalie until the Ducks were eliminated by the Nashville Predators in the first round. However, Andersen’s future in Anaheim was never written in stone. Now he’ll play his trade in Toronto for five years, barring any unforeseen event.
According to Murray, “the picks add in value as you accrue them.” Hopefully, this means the Ducks will have better hockey betting odds next season. But to do that they not only need to bring in new people but also keep some key guys. And to that purpose, Murray plans to get in touch with a few of their unrestricted free agents to see where they stand. In addition to that, he Ducks GM said that they have sent qualifying offers to all of their restricted free agents. They will begin talks with those individuals following the draft.
And speaking of the draft – which is in its own way as much of a gamble as hockey betting is – Murray said it has always been a rule of thumb to snatch away the best player available in the first few rounds. Um, yeah. Having said that, you have to be strong down the middle of the ice. Murray is never going to pass up on a good defenseman or a good centerman. But that’s just how his mind works. Well, it appears as if Anaheim Ducks fans who bet on NHL have nothing to worry about; the team seems to be in pretty good hands.