Unnamed sources within the Ducks' front office have confirmed that the team has been engaged in trade talks with no less than five teams over the past week. While no names of either teams or players were divulged, reports out of Columbus appear to indicate that there were discussions between Blue Jackets' GM Douglas Emerson and Ducks' GM Matt Gledhill. However, the two teams have broken off communication, likely meaning that the Ducks' target departed in one of Columbus' several recent deals. General speculation has it that Coach Tortorella is unhappy with the offensive production of several of his forwards. In particular, Brian Rolston, Sami Kapanen, and Scott Mellanby have not provided the Ducks with the scoring depth that was expected at the outset of the season. For the time being Rolston's job appears to be safe, since he contributes on special teams. However, it's not unreasonable to think that either Kapanen or Mellanby, an assistant captain, could be dealt in the near future. In other news, the Ducks agreed to new contracts with Kenny Jonsson, Brian Boucher, Mark Rycroft, and Jean-Marc Pelletier. Terms of the deals were not disclosed, in accordance with team policy.