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Ducks don’t qualify Perreault, who essentially becomes a UFA

Jun 30, 2014, 3:52 PM EDT

From TSN’s Bob McKenzie:

Call it the Ryan Kesler effect.

And to a lesser degree, the Nate Thompson effect.

The Ducks now have Ryan Getzlaf, Kesler, and Thompson at center. They may also be projecting prospect Rickard Rakell making the big club next season. So you can be pretty sure their offer for Perreault, also a center, didn’t break the bank, even if Anaheim deems it “substantial.”

Perreault had a productive 2013-14. The 26-year-old finished with 43 points in 69 games, and that was while averaging just 13:52 per contest.

In fact, only Getzlaf, Corey Perry, and Andrew Cogliano scored more even-strength points than Perrault’s 34.

  1. hockey412 - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    You’d think they’d at least try to get their picks back by trading his rights or something. Maybe I’m missing it.

    • scout202sport - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:48 AM

      I get you point but trading his rights with only hours before he’s able to sign with another team would cost them even more.

  2. letsgocaps88 - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Wouldn’t mind him back on the Caps.

    • ibieiniid - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      seriously though. talk about needing a center….

      • letsgocaps88 - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        Well capitals do if Grabo lowers his price. Big “IF” Though. Guess we will see.

  3. ibieiniid - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:02 PM


  4. pr0jecktpat - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Solid team player who gives all he has when he is on the ice. Shame the Ducks are low balling him.

  5. erbaker67 - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Guy gives it his all every shift. Guy can play in every situation. Wish him well. Wish he could come to the Pens.

  6. capsnbohs23 - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    I miss Matty P, sucks we let him go so we could play tom wilson on the 4th line all year

  7. gambloduck - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    How the hell did Murray get GM of the year ? This is yet another bonehead move .Perreault came in and got the power play going late in the season . He was the only stick handler outside of the twins .And also a nice snipe shot . This GM award must be political . So out if touch with his organization . Matthew Perreault was vital to the Ducks because of his versatility – skating , on the boards ,special teams AND had some edge to him . WTF else do you want !?

    • letsgocaps88 - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Even with his TOI, he was a threat. Clutch Goals in the playoffs this year.

    • chauncey18 - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      Did you even read the article? Here is the sparknotes version for you:
      – He is a center.
      -Ducks have 3 centers (Getzlaf, Kesler, Thompson)
      -Ducks have a wealth of prospects in the pipeline who need a chance -like Rakell.
      -Ducks in fact gave an offer to the RFA, he has chose to test free agency.

    • sdsabresfan - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      Really?! Murray just got the Ducks their first legitimate 2C since Andy Mac left for Bonino, Sbisa and some picks (NOT their 10th)! I loved MP’s skill, but someone had to go. Rakell is due for some ice time and someone upstairs is excited about Nate Thompson. While I agree we could
      of used him in a trade, I realize it’s better to trust Murray! He’s turned the Ducks into legit contenders without a complete blow-up rebuild!

  8. redwingsfan101 - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    2nd line center for the Hawks. He’ll be cheaper then most but still produces points.

    • 19to77 - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      Y’know, that’s actually brilliant. He never takes a shift off and he’s very versatile. Maybe not a true #2C in terms of offensive ceiling, but you don’t really need the centre to be the scoring threat when your options for his wingers include Kane, Sharp and Saad. And who knows, maybe he’d crack fifty points in that situation anyway. No lack of guys to pass to. Hell, this sounds like a great idea. They should pitch him an offer.

  9. buckhome - Jun 30, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Seems to me we’re seeing a lot of salary dumps as well as trades for less than expected value. I’m sure it has to do with salary cap set to 69miilion as opposed to the expected 71million. I think it may not affect the top FAs such as Niskanen and Stastny, but the mid-ones may not get as much as they expected to.

  10. zetaone - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    His name sounds french, Montreal is probably clamoring to sign him.

    • phtjoey - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      That’s probably because he is French. Born in Drummondville, Quebec.

  11. sjsharks66 - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Sharks could really use him on their 3rd line. Hope Wilson makes an attempt to sign him.

  12. eddyjones20 - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:15 AM

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