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"I never once thought Chicago was out of range. Everybody else did. We've got a lot of work to do. We've completed half our season. You don't win anything in half a season. Consistency and staying healthy are the keys."
-Bruce Boudreau, coach of the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks are 6 points behind Chicago with two games in-hand. More on the Ducks from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times.
In his 30 Thoughts feature, Elliotte Friedman takes a look at the Corey Perry situation in Anaheim.
One of the four options the Ducks have is ...
Play ball together
One of the features of the new CBA is that teams can re-sign their own free agent to an eight-year deal, while those that sign someone else's must stop at seven seasons.
Plus, there is a time period where players can shop themselves to all interested bidders before actually signing. Maybe Perry hears everything and decides to stay. If not, the Ducks could say to him, "Look, is it possible you'd tell us the two or three teams you're interested in, so we can pit them against each other and try to make a trade? In exchange, you get an extra $9-10 million."
Here's the problem. If I'm, say, Toronto or Detroit and I know I'm getting him, my response to Anaheim would be, "Why would I trade you a valuable asset? Sure, I'll give you one of my problems, but an important piece? I'm just about to get him for nothing."
Lou Lamoriello has a saying: "When you have time, use it." Murray's got a few more weeks but, barring a signing, it's an ugly scenario.
more options and thoughts too...
That figure is being reported by Darren Dreger of TSN after talking to some rival GMs.
Dreger also reports what teams may be interested in Perry along with additional Perry talk.
"...When you find somebody to play with who has so much chemistry as Getzy and Perry, for me it would be just crazy to go somewhere else when you have almost everything that you really need. You have a franchise who really wants to win, who looks [after] players so well. You have an unbelievable hockey player to play with.
“I can’t see why this place couldn’t be a happy place for both of them for a long, long time. But that’s not me. It’s up to them. I’d like to see Corey Perry do the same thing, but that’s only my opinion.”
-Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Ducks when asked if the Getzlaf signing would have any influence on Corey Perry. More quotes and talk from Helene Elliott of the LA Times.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
TSN just lost an hour’s worth of programming on their annual trade deadline show, after Getzlaf agreed to stay where we was – as the Ducks captain – by not exploring unrestricted free agency. Had he made it to market, Getzlaf would have been sought out by the Maple Leafs, the Calgary Flames and any other team needing to fill a hole for a No. 1 centre with size. Not going to happen now.
So it’s one down and one to go for the Ducks, who also have the NHL’s 2011 most valuable player, Corey Perry, approaching unrestricted free agency this summer and are trying to get him signed as well.
Perry, incidentally, was non-committal about his future with the team, saying he was happy that Getzlaf got his deal done, but didn’t think it would have any spillover effects on his negotiations with the organization.
“We’ve talked, Getzy and I, a bunch of times,” said Perry. “I’m not going to sit here and say ’yes or no.’ It’s one of those things, I’ll just wait to see what happens. I’m not going to change my answer just because he’s signed.”
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed captain Ryan Getzlaf to an eight-year contract extension. The 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 very happy to have Ryan committed to this franchise long-term,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “He has often expressed his interest to stay in Anaheim for his entire career, a goal we share. He is a leader, a proven winner, and possesses a skill set that’s hard to find. This is a great day for the Ducks.”
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
It was Brian Burke’s words that stole the show, as the former Leafs GM took centre stage at the annual Conn Smythe Dinner in support of Easter Seals and recounted his experience as the centre of the centre of the hockey universe.
from Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends,
Pronger's physical prowess allowed him to play seemingly half the game. He was a mainstay on both the power play and penalty kill units, and often double shifted at regular strength. Not only was he a game breaking defenseman but he was arguably the top shutdown defenseman of his era. He always played against the top forwards every night. None of his near 28 minutes a night were easy.
The most amazing thing about Chris Pronger, in my estimation, was his ability to control the pace of the game. Late in his career he was criticized for being too slow or too old. It did not really matter, as he could read the ice and the flow of the game as well as anyone in the modern era. He seemingly slowed everything down and then when he lulled everyone to his desired level he'd shoot a bolt of lightning into the game, often in the form of a dagger-like pass for a quick break. Old timers tell me the only player that they saw control the pace of the game so well was the great Doug Harvey.
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
“As a GM, if you pay attention to what the sports writers write, you’re a fool,” he said. “The sports page, when you are losing, has value only if you own a puppy or a parakeet.”
The denizens of broadcast and digital media will be happy to know they were not immune from Burke’s territorial spreadings.
“The worst thing that ever happened to sports was talk radio,” Burke said. “And the internet is talk radio on steroids with lower IQs.”
You had to take it all with the usual shaker of salt, of course. And give Burke credit: At least he turned the gun on himself now and then.
“I’ve never seen a loaded weapon in a boardroom yet,” he said, speaking of the problem of overpaying free agents — to which he more than once fell victim. “So if I’m (over)paying a guy, it’s not because someone’s got a revolver to my head. It’s because I’m an idiot.”
No, Burke hasn’t lost his touch for reeling off scrappy zingers. And no, he hasn’t lost his appetite for zigging while others zag. At times on Friday it seemed as though Burke was going out of his way to provoke and inflame.
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
We're waiting for the first big move by Dave Nonis as GM of the Maple Leafs.
It might have to be a really big one.
See, if it turns out, as is being widely speculated, that the Anaheim Ducks can afford to keep only one their dynamic duo, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, and that Getzlaf is the one most likely to get the new long-term deal from the Ducks, then Perry could be available before the April 3rd trade deadline.
If that's the case and Perry hits the trade market, it's a competition the Leafs must be in.
Perry - who registered a nice three-assist effort in an Anaheim win over Nashville last night - isn't a perfect fit for the Leafs, a team desperate for a No. 1 centre. But he competes like hell, is a former Hart Trophy winner and the proud owner of a Stanley Cup ring. He'll be 28 in May, not too old to still be a dominant player for years to come.
He's the kind of player who could transform the Leafs in a way it was once believed Phil Kessel could, but clearly never will.
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