Dreger checked on Fowler’s trade availability

The Anaheim Ducks should be poised to make notable roster changes before next season, so might that include Cam Fowler?

Darren Dreger had a Thursday morning radio hit on Montreal’s TSN 690, and was asked about the possibility of the defenseman being pried out of Anaheim.

“I asked, and there were a couple of reasons why I asked,” noted Dreger. “Marc Bergevin has been recently connected to the Anaheim Ducks. We know Pat Brisson was in Montreal for the Anaheim-Montreal game. He went from Ottawa to Halifax to look at some prospects there. Then he shifted over to Montreal to take in that game, and he represents Cam Fowler. Then he darted back through an ice storm last night to catch the latter stages of the Toronto-Ottawa game. So he’s on an Eastern Conference tour here to visit with his clients. He’s got some of the big boys, including Cam Fowler.

“The message that I got from a source that I deal with in Anaheim and around Cam Fowler, it’s highly, highly unlikely that he gets traded. But when you look at how poorly the Ducks have played and how miserably they’ve been playing on this more recent tour, then I think that almost just about anything has to be considered.

“If you’re not going to fire your coach and try and salvage the season - and it appears that this organization is more interested now in a draft pick, if not a lottery pick - then you’ve got to be willing to move out some assets to acquire something in return.

“So I was told that Fowler wasn’t available or highly unlikely, but again - look through that roster aside from pieces like Adam Henrique. I mean, it’s unlikely that they’d consider moving young D like Josh Manson, but Bob Murray has got to have something up his sleeve at some point soon.”

Fowler is in the first season of his eight-year, $52 million contract, which carries a $6.5 million cap hit and includes modified no-trade clause - through which he can nix four teams - in each of those eight years.

Contract-related info via CapFriendly