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SB Nation Reacts: How should the Ducks approach 2021 NHL Trade Deadline?

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Derek Grant #38 and John Gibson #36 of the Anaheim Ducks celebrate after defeating the San Jose Sharks 5-1 at SAP Center on April 6, 2021 in San Jose, California. Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via Getty Images

This is SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NHL. Each week, SB Nation sends out questions to the most plugged in Anaheim Ducks fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

We’re ramping up to the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline, set for next Monday at noon, Pacific. And 40 games into the season, the Anaheim Ducks sit at the bottom of the West Division. Any hopes that the team could ride a hot John Gibson into the postseason are all but officially squashed.

According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, 22 percent of Ducks fans think the team is headed in the right direction. That’s up from 14 percent last week 20 percent two weeks ago. It’s been a rough few months, but fans seem to have recovered from a particularly difficult February.

As the team approaches the end of the season, the organization will need to decide what to do with the remainder of the year. With the trade deadline just days away, every Ducks fan surveyed wants the team to rebuild for the future. The wiggle room in the budget comes from the long-term injured reserve accruable cap space of Ryan Kesler, Carter Rowney and Hampus Lindholm.

The deadline this season appears to be a buyers’ market, at least according to fans around the country. A slight majority of NHL fans would rather have their favorite team act as a seller at the deadline.

That is in part due to the unique rules around this season. The NHL has installed a flat cap on the season, preventing teams from adding big contracts.

According to fans, more than three-fourths of fans think the flat cap will play a role in teams’ decisions to make a push for the playoffs.

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