This past Sunday, Mike Russo of the Star Tribune reported that Devin Setoguchi is in Minnesota's doghouse and is on the trading block. Setoguchi comes with a fairly reasonable $3 million salary for this year and next.
His goal totals have been dropping since he posted 31 in the 08-09 season. However, he's managed to stay around 20 goals a year despite getting less than 15 minutes per game. He led Minnesota in Corsi last season. Yes, he was a negative player, but no Minnesota forward who played more than 40 games finished with a positive corsi rating. That might be because he managed to fling 174 shots on net in only 69 games.
Setoguchi is by no means a dramatic pickup, but if Minnesota isn't happy with his performance he could have a positive impact for the Ducks. Anaheim has needed some secondary scoring for years in order to balance out their attack and keep them going when the top line has struggled. Setoguchi can be productive with limited minutes. More importantly, he can offer speed and shooting to the top line. Gooch proved in San Jose that he can be productive playing with good talent. Getting a guy like Gooch could allow the Ducks to have a little more scoring rotating through the top lines instead of taking Beleskey off a fourth line role that he's been pretty effective at.
Ducks Should Make Inquiry into Devin Setoguchi
Anaheim Calling | Feb 7