For the second time this week, the Anaheim Ducks have made a trade with a Canadian team, this time the Calgary Flames.
For a sixth round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, Anaheim received 32-year old forward Tim Jackman. Jackman is a veteran of exactly 400-career games, being known for his ability with his fist more so than anything else.
According to Hockeyfights.com, Jackman has participated in 90-NHL fights, including 19 in 2008-2009. He has also scored 24 goals in his career, with the 2010-11 year seeing him score ten of those goals.
The move is somewhat curious, as since winning the Stanley Cup in 2007 the Ducks have trailed away from having the prototypical enforcer on their roster, trending more to utilizing more skillful players on their last line.
That’s not saying this isn’t a bad move, in fact a player like Jackman is perfect for the kind of slump the Ducks are enduring.
Few things can be as much a rallying cry than a good fight, something Jackman can provide for this team. After dominating the Pittsburgh Penguins in their game on Monday, the Ducks allowed the tables to turn slowly until the Penguins took complete control and did so for the rest of the game.
A player like Jackman who realizes his role can provide a spark that could turn the tables back in the favor of the Ducks in a situation like that.
While still a curious move to make, it is one that is really a no-risk move. We will see if Jackman gets plugged right into the lineup against the Tampa Bay Lightning, as they try to avenge their 5-1 loss suffered last week.