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Why would the Ducks trade Perry?

Mar 7, 2013, 3:11 PM EST

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Corey Perry is a pending unrestricted free agent and the Ducks don’t want to watch the 2011 Hart Trophy winner walk away for nothing.

I get that.

Especially since Anaheim lost Justin Schultz for nothing last summer.

But the Ducks are also 16-3-3, second in the NHL behind the undefeated-in-regulation Chicago Blackhawks. Anaheim itself has only lost once in regulation its last 12 games.

In addition to Perry, the Ducks have an elite center in Ryan Getzlaf, plus other talented forwards like Bobby Ryan, Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu.

There’s additional depth down the middle with Nick Bonino. There’s mobility and experience on the back end. And Jonas Hiller is starting to rediscover his form in goal after a rough start, during which Viktor Fasth came out of nowhere to win his first eight starts.

True, some people in the advanced-statistics community think the Ducks are an illusion, but doesn’t the organization owe it to the fans to find out for real?

The whole idea of putting together an NHL team is to take a shot at the Stanley Cup. Perry has helped the Ducks to one before. If they trade him as a rental, they’ll almost definitely be a weaker team heading into the postseason.

Unless things change dramatically between now and April 3 — or maybe unless general manager Bob Murray doesn’t believe the Ducks are for real either — how would trading Perry make sense?

Video: Ducks’ Perry finishes off a pretty passing play

  1. bcisleman - Mar 7, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Answer is they probably do not trade him at the deadline. Likely just as much demand at the draft at which time I do expect he will be traded.

    • nunan - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but he’s going to be a UFA so they can’t trade him at the draft. In either case, their choices are to keep and and make a cup run or trade him for less than he is worth bc of his pending UFA status. They could trade him and get something but they’ll still be worse off without him. They’re legit this year so I say they decide to make a cup run instead. That’s much better for their franchise than anything they would get in a trade at this point.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 7, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    The only reason this is even being considered is because Getzlaf is also in the final year of his contract and the belief is that the Ducks can’t keep both guys. They think Getzlaf is more likely to sign with them and also I believe Perry has indicated he wants to test free agency. If that’s the case then no team is going to make a deal for him at the draft. The Ducks’ place in the standings sure complicates things though.

  3. withseidelinn - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    I believe both guys will want AT LEAST 6.5 per, which gives them absolutely no room for any other players. I agree with bcisleman that he will most likely be traded, but not at the deadline. They are in position right now to make a strong playoff run, but with 14.5 mil in room and the cap coming down next season, it is just completely unrealistic to think Perry will be a Duck next season. The wisest option is to trade him at the deadline when his value will be at it’s highest, assuming he has a strong playoff performance. The Ducks also benefit from having his skill for their playoff run. It will be interesting to see where he ends up at the Draft.

    • withseidelinn - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      meant trade him at the Draft****

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      Right, but, like I said above, why would a team give up anything of value to negotiate with Perry knowing full well he’s going to test free agency?

      • Jason Brough - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        That’s what people said about JayBo. Flames got his rights, locked him up. Not saying it would work with Perry, but the ability to pitch a guy exclusively is worth something.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 7, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        It depends on whether Perry has a destination in mind or if he’s just looking for a big payday. Hard to see him not going to free agency given that every team with the cap space will want to sign him.

  4. echech88 - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Tough spot but you just gotta go for it now. Even if they are over-achieving, the point of dealing for picks & prospects is to hope to have a team like this year’s someday.

    Well, you have a team like that. Enjoy it.

    Unless of course they have some master plan of extending both Getzlaf and Perry by parting ways with Selanne, Hiller (with Fasth taking over) and some other pieces.

  5. h0ckeycoach - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Selanne and Koivu should not be considered for deciding whether or not they should keep Perry. Both are on their decline while Perry had many more productive years remaining

  6. letsgopens8771 - Mar 7, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    This talk of trading Perry is utterly foolish. With the way the Ducks are playing right now, they should do everything they can to keep him AND Getzlaf. especially since they are now a Playoff Contender. If not, we’ll be happy to take him off your hands.

    How about Perry-Crosby-Kunitz? Crosby who almost became a Duck in between two other Ducks. That’s scary. Not likely to happen, but cool. I think the Ducks are a really good team. I give them a lot of credit.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 7, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      they’re a cup contender, only team standing in their way is chicago. that being said i think they would be foolish to trade him, but crazier things have happened. i watched the game last night against phoenix because i heard they were gonna play the big 3 together again. he looked real good. their pp is #1. boudreau has them playing like the caps played back in 09-10 only they have better defensive ability and goaltending than the caps did. i would see how the season goes and negotiate before free agency hits. either way, if they win or not, he is gonna get big money, you gotta try to get what you can from him while you have him.

  7. 19to77 - Mar 8, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    I think we’re all forgetting a couple things here. Big one is, Selanne may not LOOK 42, but he is. We have to assume this is his last year, and even if it’s not, there’ll only be one more. Additionally, Koivu’s 38 and while he’s white-hot this year, his production in the last two years has been dismal. Those are two nearly point-per-game guys for them this season, but they can’t be counted upon to do it again next year – if Selanne even decides to keep going.

    Point is, it’d be insane to give up Perry with two of their most productive guys this year unlikely to do the same next year. Where would the Ducks be if they lost Perry AND Teemu, and Koivu reverted to his 40-point form next year?

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