Maybe the recent acquisitions of forwards Jiri Sekac and
First of all, the currently injured forward (shoulder) said he doesn't necessarily interpret the additions that way.
“I don’t think so at all,” Beleskey said Wednesday after the
Ducks General Manager Bob Murray "made moves to make our team better. It's always been a battle for your ice time here. If you're playing well, you'll play. If you're not, you won't."
Secondly, he’s appreciative that as a looming unrestricted free agent, he was kept out of the heavy
"It definitely weighed on me. The last thing I wanted to do was leave with this team going to the playoffs," Beleskey said. "It was awesome to wake up the next morning being a Duck. That's all I wanted for sure."
Beleskey, in the midst of a career-best 21-goal season, said he has sought to avoid speculating on the meaning of personnel moves, such as the Ducks' decision not to extend Beleskey's contract before the trade deadline, which moves him closer to the temptation of offers from other teams in June.
“I hope we get it done,” Beleskey said. “I want to win a
Beleskey said he appreciated "the moves to become a Stanley Cup team."
He said he could return from his shoulder injury as early as next week's road trip to Vancouver, Calgary and Minnesota. He's missed eight games.
Big hurts: The Ducks announced Wednesday that forward
While the Ducks are without another rugged forward in Beleskey and have moved to acquire more speed with the six trades of the past week-plus, is toughness now a concern?
“We’re noted as a big, strong, heavy team … but we’ll have to overcome,” Ducks Coach
Old vs. new: Young forwards Sekac and
Sekac, who has two assists and is plus-four in four games as a Duck since his Feb. 24 trade from Montreal, wore a bright orange Anaheim cap in talking to the Montreal media following Wednesday's morning skate.
He said that despite his original interest in playing for the NHL’s most decorated franchise, he quickly found out that the
"It was harder to play in Montreal, as a defensive forward, taking all the defensive faceoffs," Sekac said. "It sucks a lot of energy from you, and then when you want to put that energy into your offense, you just don't have it. That team is very defensive."
Smith-Pelly, meanwhile, is point-less and minus-two in three games since joining the Canadiens.