Anaheim Ducks acquire forward Alexander Volkov from Lightning

By Field Level Media
Feb 20, 2021; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Alexander Volkov (92) against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Anaheim Ducks acquired much-needed goal-scoring potential Thursday, landing forward Alexander Volkov in a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Ducks, who are toward the bottom of the NHL with 74 goals scored, parted with forward prospect Antoine Morand and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2023 to make the deal happen.

Volkov, 23, has played in just 28 career regular-season NHL games but is a former second-round draft pick by Tampa Bay in 2017, who was on the ice in the Lightning’s Stanley Cup-clinching victory last season. The Russia native has all three of his career goals and two of his three assists in 19 games this season.

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“We are excited to have Alexander join our organization,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said in a release. “We believe a fresh start will help him further develop as we look to continue adding youthful talent.”

According to the Lightning, upcoming salary-cap restraints inspired the move.

“We’re just in the cap situation and everything, it’s tough,” Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said in a release. “I wish him nothing but the best because he was a great teammate for us.”

–Field Level Media