The NHL trade deadline is set for April 3, which means that a few teams will have some moves to make (or not make). Among those who’ll likely be making some decisions will be Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray.
Come July 1, Murray will see both Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry become unrestricted free agents. The plan, at least the public plan, is to keep both players as Ducks. But the money may be another factor, as Anaheim will need to cough up some serious bank if they want to keep both in the fold. This means front-loaded contracts, times two.
Perry and Getzlaf have had gums flapping until at least training camp, when rumours started to surface that there was no realistic way for the Ducks to hold on to both.
According to a source through ESPN’s Craig Custance, at least one of the two is planning on testing free agency come summer. If this turns out to have any weight behind it, Murray will have to move by April 3 if he wants to get anything in return for his player(s).
It’s no secret that Anaheim’s ownership is less than enthused about the new CBA. Ducks owner Henry Samueli has been adamant about not entering any sort of Parise-style contract for either player, largely because of issues with Anaheim’s market size and the new CBA. In other words, he’s no interesting in signing Perry or Getzlaf to some sort of monstrous bonus-laden deal.
Arguing whether or not either player deserves such a deal is a moot point. Perry is just a year removed from the Hart Trophy win and could fetch a pretty penny on the open market, while Getzlaf is no slouch.
It is Getzlaf who is probably most likely to stay planted in Anaheim. Rumours of a long-term deal in the $60 million neighbourhood add more fuel to this fire.
Perry, on the other hand, has Ontario roots and could wind up playing for an Eastern Conference team if a trade materializes.
Right now, the situation seems to resemble the Redden/Chara matter that inflicted Ottawa some years ago in 2006. And we all know how that worked out.