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Trade deadline fixes: Pacific Division

Hockey Prospectus takes a look at how each Pacific team can get better by the deadline

Updated: February 24, 2011, 1:24 PM ET
By Jonathan Willis | Hockey Prospectus
Dustin PennerJeff Gross/Getty ImagesWould a return to Anaheim make sense for both Penner and the Ducks?

Hockey Prospectus is taking a look at the NHL division by division and suggesting ways each team should tackle the forthcoming trade deadline. Monday, we begin with the Pacific Division.

Feb. 28 marks the NHL's trade deadline and every team in the league -- both playoff-bound and those likely for the draft lottery -- has needs to address. To prepare for the final flurry of transactions, we're going team by team to see which players can help fill some holes on contenders or provide some foundational stability for teams building for next season and beyond.

One statistic you'll come across in the analysis below is GVT, the main player valuation metric used by Hockey Prospectus. For a detailed explanation of GVT, click here.

Anaheim Ducks

The problem: While the Ducks' power play is one of the best in the league, and their penalty kill is relatively good, they've been a disaster at even strength. Their 0.88 goals scored at even strength for every goal against ranks 25th in the entire league, marginally better than also-rans like Toronto and Edmonton. The problem is closely tied to the Ducks' inability to either prevent or take shots; the team is 27th in the NHL in shots per game and 28th in the league in shots against per game. If they want to have any chance at postseason advancement, they need to improve. So what's the fix?