Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/28/13 at 11:04 AM ET
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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