Well, the Ducks are settling some defensive issues with the number of players they are housing these days. On Wednesday, they dealt Shane Hnidy (non-pool) to the Bruins for forward Brandon Bochenski (non-pool) in a minor deal that freed up a little bit of cap space, but more importantly, they have dealt a veteran defenseman that would count against the cap if sent down to the minors.
Hnidy has 3 points in 33 games for the Ducks this year before joining the Bruins. He's a well travelled blueliner, who can give some defensive stability to a team, which at times desperately needs it. He's not much of a pool consideration, as he is more of a fifth or sixth defender now in his career, so he may not be in your best interest.
Bochenski on the other hand is a much younger forward than his traded counterpart, who had some offensive upside when he joined the league with the Ottawa Senators. His contract is fairly minor and I believe it's still two-way, so the Ducks have some flexibility when it comes to their line-up or sending him down to the minors. With cap space being a bit of a concern in Anaheim, they could use all the flexibility they can get. Bochenski has 6 assists in 20 games this season, so his lack of playing time and lack of goals are a concern for anyone having a look at him for their pool team.
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