Headlines: Ducks defencemen drawing trade interest around NHL

Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman tackle all the hot topics from around the NHL.

The Anaheim Ducks might not be done dealing.

The team acquired forward David Perron and defenceman Adam Clendening early Saturday, and with the injured blue-liners Cam Fowler and Simon Despres nearing a return, the team will have to make some decisions about who to keep.

“You can bet, when everybody is healthy they have a loaded young blue-line, they will start getting calls about what they want to do with some of these players,” reported Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman during Saturday’s Headlines segment on Hockey Night In Canada.

Shea Theodore and Sami Vatanen are two young defencemen who could draw interest.

Theodore was drafted 26th overall in 2013 and has played nine games with the Ducks this year. He scored his first NHL goal Jan. 13 against the Ottawa Senators and was a member of the 2015 gold medal-winning Canadian World Junior team.

Vatanen is just 24 years old and has put up 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in 43 games this year. A fourth-round pick in 2009, Vatanen will be a restricted free agent this off-season.

He carries a cap hit that’s just under his $1.275-million salary.

As for what the Ducks might be after?

According to Damien Cox, a disgruntled young forward in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization could be the answer.

“From Anaheim’s point of view, everything they do people are saying, ‘Are they trying to set themselves up for Jonathan Drouin?’ “

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