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Whicker: Wounded Ducks pull the trigger, trade for Adam Henrique

By in Press Enterprise on December 1, 2017

By Mark Whicker

You know it’s a bad injury if the hockey people actually tell you what it is

Ryan Getzlaf had a broken cheekbone. Cam Fowler had a knee problem. Ryan Kesler had a torn labrum in his hip.

Normally they say “upper body injury,” as in the case of Rickard Rakell. That can run the gamut between dandruff and coronary thrombosis, It often means a concussion. But the secrecy at least means the player will return soon, so it’s best not to give the marauding opponents a target.

The Ducks have not suffered trivial injuries this season. It’s been month-to-month, not day-to-day.

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At that point they were missing Getzlaf, Fowler, Kesler and Patrick Eaves, who suffered Guillain-Barre Syndrome. That’s 80 percent of a power-play unit.

Derek Grant is a center who had not scored an NHL goal in 80 games until this season, when he came to Anaheim. Now he has five. He has played surprisingly well for the Ducks. Nevertheless, they never expected Grant would be on their first line, as he was Wednesday at St. Louis, a game the Ducks won.

Getzlaf was hit in the face with a puck. Rakell got hurt running into Kevin Bieksa, who is his teammate.

General Manager Bob Murray said Getzlaf and Kesler could return sometime during the Ducks’ next trip, which encompasses Dec. 14-23. Eight of their next 11 games are on the road. They are one point out of the playoff mix at the moment even though they lead the NHL in shots-on-goal allowed, at 36 per game.

So on Thursday they dealt defenseman Sami Vatanen to New Jersey in exchange for centers Adam Henrique and Joseph Blandisi.

Sometimes you get pushed into your own trade deadline.

Murray said the trade wasn’t caused […]    

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