The Capitals and Ducks are nearing a blockbuster trade that could send defenseman Adam Fucale to Anaheim, according to the New York Post.
The Capitals are looking to move Fucales to get a return on Alex Ovechkin, and Anaheim is looking to get back Nick Ritchie, according the Post.
Both teams are also looking for a top-six forward, but the Capitals have indicated they want a bigger return than Ovechnkin and Ritchie.
The Ducks would like a defenseman that can play on both sides of the ice, but they also like Fucals’ defensive abilities.
Both sides are in the market for a defenseman, and the Capitals, who have lost their top two defenseman prospects in Aaron Ekblad and Adam Larsson, will likely be looking to land Fucaling, who is under contract for the next two seasons.
The Post notes that the Capitals are willing to give up a first-round pick for Fucaled.
Fucal has three years remaining on his deal, but his $5.9 million cap hit could rise if he gets injured or takes on more responsibility.
He is also 31, so he would probably need a little more help.
The Predators would like to get an upgrade at center, but are also trying to make up for a disappointing season from Ryan Johansen.
Fortuna has been a reliable defenseman for Nashville, and could help on the power play, but there are questions about his ability to play in a more physical league.
The Pens are also hoping to get some help at center with the arrival of Mike Ribeiro.
The Penguins could use a second-line center in order to bolster their power play and could also get back one of their draft picks.
The Devils are also interested in Fucalling, as they have been looking for some help there.
The Sabres have had some trouble with defense, as their defense has struggled to defend the NHL’s top scorers, but that could change if the Capitals and Oilers trade Fucalls.
The Oilers have shown a willingness to deal for a veteran defenseman, but this could be the best move for the Sabres, who could also have a lot of other players on their books.
The Sharks would like some help up front and would also like to trade for another top-nine forward, though the trade is unlikely to happen anytime soon.