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Ducks Have Four Options With Corey Perry

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.

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Nathan's avatar

I see two assumptions he’s making here:

First, that Toronto and Detroit, because of proximity to “home,” are the two teams that could make that kind of “take it or leave it” offer to the Ducks on the sign-and-trade. This assumes we all know how deeply Perry feels about being somewhat close to his hometown (Peterborough). Otherwise, an extra $9 million guaranteed is a lot of money, so I think the Ducks still have leverage to extract something in a sign-and-trade.

Second, that Toronto and Detroit are the only two clubs willing and/or able to flex the financial muscle to get Perry. If the first assumption is accurate, and being near home is top priority to Perry, aren’t Ottawa, Buffalo, and Montreal all good options as well? Ottawa is only a bit farther away than Toronto. Buffalo is about the same as Ottawa. And Montreal is about the same distance as Detroit. Ottawa and Montreal also have in their favor over Detroit (or Buffalo) that they’re in Canada already, so hopping in the car, on a train, or on a plane to head home is much easier without a border crossing.

As of today, this is the order of most to least ‘13-‘14 cap space:
Ottawa, Detroit, Toronto, Buffalo, and Montreal

This is the order of least to most roster spots to fill for ‘13-‘14:
Montreal and Detroit, Ottawa, Buffalo, Toronto

So I can see why he’d end up throwing Detroit and Toronto out there. Detroit has cap space, financial willingness, and few roster spots to fill (though, one very important one with Jim Howard). The Leafs have cap space, financial willingness but a lot of slots to fill (though no single slot as big as the Wings with Howard).

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 03/12/13 at 08:55 AM ET

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