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from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
They'll need to look at retaining would-be unrestricted free agents Ben Lovejoy and David Steckel but both wouldn't cost too much. Kyle Palmieri is restricted and shouldn't price the Ducks out of their budget.
If anything, Toni Lydman, who's making $3 million this season, figures to be the odd man out. Moving Luca Sbisa isn't likely but would free up an additional $2.175 million of cap space as well as open up another spot for top prospects Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm.
Murray wasn't concerned at all about a tight cap fit. "We’ve got lots of room left," he said. "We don’t have any issues that way.
There might be issues in the future when the contracts for goalie Jonas Hiller and winger Bobby Ryan come up. Hiller is signed through next season but the Ducks extended Viktor Fasth two more years and have U.S. national junior team star John Gibson in the fold.
Ryan might be tougher to hold on to but he's still signed for the next two seasons. The Ducks could have a crunch then as the contracts for key support players Andrew Cogliano and Daniel Winnik are up as well as young centers Nick Bonino and Peter Holland.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Perry and Getzlaf, both signed, sealed and delivered.
The Ducks now have about $53 million committed to 16 players for next season. They’ve still got about $11 million to play with under next season’s $64.3 million salary cap to fill out their roster.
People will immediately jump to the conclusion Bobby Ryan and his $5.1 million salary will be a goner this summer. It’s possible. But you also have to see what happens with veteran Finnish wingers Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne, both UFAs after the season, And, certainly in the case of the Finnish Flash, perhaps this is finally it. He won’t decide that until the summer.
For now, it’s all about a run at the Stanley Cup for the Anaheim Ducks, who have removed the gigantic distractions of the Getzlaf/Perry contract situations with two-plus weeks to spare before the trade deadline.
Kein Weekes on the NHL Network is reporting Perry could sign shortly.
via the Anaheim Ducks,
The Ducks have agreed to terms with right wing Corey Perry on an eight-year contract extension. Perry, a 2007 Stanley Cup champion and 2010 Olympic gold medalist, is now under contract with the Ducks through the 2020-21 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
“We are excited that Corey has committed to us for the next eight years,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “Similar to the case with Ryan Getzlaf, Corey wanted to stay in Anaheim and be part of our organization long term. He is an exceptional player who competes with heart and soul and has won at every level.”
added 10:52pm, view the full press release from the Ducks below...
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired center David Steckel from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for right wing Ryan Lasch and a seventh-round draft pick in 2014.
“Adding David Steckel gives us another big body and depth up the middle,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “He comes highly recommended from Bruce (Boudreau). Faceoffs have been something of a concern for us the last few seasons. Steckel is a tremendous faceoff man and penalty killer, something that will really help our club.”
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Don't for a minute think that Anaheim is going to trade Perry at next month's deadline, and that his new team will lock him up with a long-term contract. The Ducks can win it all this season -- unless they deal Perry.
Of course, nobody knows for sure what Perry is thinking other than Perry. But it looks very much like he's not going to stay in Anaheim, and if he has any thought of returning to Ontario, wouldn't he pick the Senators over the Toronto Maple Leafs?
Sure, the Buds are improving. Maybe they were his favourite team as a kid. But here, he'll line up with one of the best playmaking centres in the NHL, and he'll be on the same team as the one of the most offensively dynamic defencemen in league history.
Does he want to take passes from Tyler Bozak and Jake Gardiner -- presuming the latter is one day set free to rejoin the Leafs -- or Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson?
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
Corey Perry figured that he would receive some form of discipline from the NHL for his hit on Minnesota's Jason Zucker and the possibility of him being out of the Ducks' lineup was realistic.
But a four-game suspension? That one didn't enter the winger's mind.
"I think it’s caught a lot of people off guard," Perry said. "It is what it is. We just move on, like I said before. People are going to have their own opinions. Just play it out."
Perry will not only be missing from Thursday night's game against the Dallas Stars but he'll miss contests on Saturday in St. Louis and two next week at home against San Jose and Chicago. He'll return next Friday against Detroit.
Rob Blake on the Perry suspension.
from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,
How skilled is Bruce Boudreau at moving men to act, this coach who has the Ducks playing at a level higher than nearly every other team in the NHL?
Boudreau's words helped inspire Cazalis, a Frenchman who grew up playing rugby, a math teacher who rarely had been on skates, a man who knew ice hockey only from the Olympics, to take up an endeavor that now has him blissfully face-planting Plexiglas.
Back when the NHL was stagnating under a labor dispute, Boudreau was still admirably growing the game, growing it at the very tips of the roots, where the novices and dry-landers reside.
"He takes his role as an ambassador of the game very seriously," says Jason Cooper, the Ducks' fan development coordinator. "He really wants to support the game, especially in a non-traditional market. His comment was sort of flippant, but it landed."
In mid-October, when he was in demand only because the NHL was out of order, Boudreau was invited to the team's annual S.C.O.R.E. orientation at Honda Center. The program uses hockey to teach lesson plans and encourage healthy living at local schools.
via Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
If you missed the hit, watch it here.
Perry does have a phone hearing today with the NHL.
Perry received a major for interference and a 10 and game misconduct.
added 9:44pm, Wild broadcast video below, better angles of the hit...
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