Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/11/13 at 01:28 PM ET
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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