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.
“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