Veteran forward Peter Forsberg will not become a member of the Ducks.
Other than that, Brian Burke isn't sure of who will be joining or leaving the team as the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline approaches, the general manager said in a conference call Wednesday.
"I'm groping around like a sightless person," Burke said, "because I'm not sure what I'm looking for."
Burke recently received a letter from Forsberg's agent, Don Baizley, informing him that Anaheim wasn't on Forsberg's list of potential destinations for the remainder of the season. The 34-year-old, is expected to sign with the Philadelphia Flyers if he plays at all.
That still leaves the Ducks with a desire for second-line scoring behind Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Teemu Selanne has a goal and two assists in five games since rejoining the team, but injuries and inconsistency have prevented the team's other forwards from establishing permanent spots in the rotation.
Burke said he'd like to pair Todd Bertuzzi with Selanne and insert Chris Kunitz at left wing with Getzlaf and Perry. That leaves an opening at second-line center, where Doug Weight had one point in 12 games before straining his left shoulder.
Weight has missed the last two games and isn't expected to be healthy until next week.
But Burke isn't looking for a quick fix and plans on guarding the first-round draft pick the Ducks received from Edmonton when the Oilers signed Dustin Penner to an offer sheet last summer.
"We think there's seven players in this draft, then there's a dropoff," Burke said. "It looks like it's a top-seven pick.
"Let's assume Edmonton has the fourth pick in a deep draft, a guy who's going to be in the league for 10 years. You don't trade that pick for a rental player. That's a balancing act."
If history is any indication, don't expect a major deal. The only trade the Ducks made at last year's deadline sent Michael Wall to Colorado in exchange for fourth-line winger Brad May.
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The Ducks' top minor-league affiliate is in Portland, Maine, an astounding 3,100 miles away - and Burke conceded it's not an ideal situation. "Long-term our goal is to have our farm team in Southern California. That might be a few years down the road." ... For the first time Burke didn't rule out making a trade with Edmonton. He hasn't spoken to Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe in the months since publicly admonishing Lowe for signing Penner, but did say, "Our right-hand man could make a deal. I have no intention of talking to (Lowe)."