The Ryan Getzlaf Fallout: Perry and UFA Centers

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Ryan Getzlaf signed an eight year, $66 million deal with the Ducks last week. They were hoping to get him signed to salary cap hit of $7.5 million, but there was no way that they could let both Getzlaf and Corey Perry approach the trade deadline without deals. The Ducks now have four options regarding Perry.

    1. Sign him: The Ducks have said they want to sign him to an extension, but it’s hard to tell how negotiations have gone. The Ducks were believed to be willing to go long-term before the lockout, but wouldn’t do any ‘back-diving’ deals. It’s not known how much Perry wants to stay in Anaheim. It’s thought that he may want to play closer to Ontario. The Ducks 18-3-3 record may make the decision a little harder. Friedman thinks the Ducks should put forth their best offer in the next couple weeks and see what happens. It could be eight years and between $72 and $80 million.

    2. Trade him: A brutual choice. Unless you are able to getting a bidding war, they won’t get a lot for him. If they don’t trade him, they could lose him for nothing like what happened with Justin Schultz. It’s a tough decision since they are Stanley Cup contender.

    3. Go for it: They are a contender, so keep him and take a run at the Cup. You are not in position to challenge every year. The Devils did it last year with Zach Parise and made it to the finals. Ryan Suter helped the Predators get into the second round. It didn’t work out will for Brad Richards and the Dallas Stars though.

    4. Play ball together: The Ducks have the edge as they can sign him to an eight your deal, while other teams could only go seven years if he hit the open market. Players can talk with teams during a specified time period before free agency begins. He may not like what he hears and decides to re-sign with the Ducks. Or the Ducks could say: “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.” Problem is, teams may not trade much since they could sign and not give up anything.

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Custance looks at how Getzlaf’s deal impacts the trade market. Teams covet centers as it’s tough to win without having two good ones. Getzlaf would have been the top center that could have been available at the deadline had he not signed the contract extension. Custance lists top-6 unrestricted centers that could be available leading up to the trade deadline.

    1. Mike Ribeiro (WSH): With the Capitals stuck in a hole this season, GM George McPhee could move Ribeiro for a first round pick and a prospect. The Capitals would then need to find a top-6 center for next season. There are concerns about signing Ribeiro to a long-term deal since he is 33-years old. He has 28 points in 24 games but is at 42.6 percent in faceoffs.

    2. Derek Roy (DAL): The Stars and Roy have been discussing a long-term deal. If they can’t get a deal done, the Stars can’t afford to let him go for nothing.

    3. Stephen Weiss (FLA): Weiss is out for the season after wrist surgery, but someone may want to acquire so they have a longer time period to work out an extension. It would also allow them to go eight years and not seven.

    4. Valtteri Filppula (DET): The Red Wings may not be willing to move Filppula, especially in the middle of a playoff run. He plays more on the wing in Detroit, but he has the skill to be a second line center on a good team. He’s the youngest of this group at 28. He could be the piece to get the Red Wings a top four defenseman that they are looking for. He is not easily replaced though, especially if Datsyk heads back to Russia after his contract expires in 2014.


  1. Jeff

    March 12, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Im betting man.

    If anyone wants to wager that if Ribeiro is traded, his is traded for a 1st round pick and a prospect, i will take that bet all day. Yes, lots of assists as always, but he does little else, is a rental, and teams are loath to trade 1st round picks in this environment (transition period between CBA Agreements and with cap dropping for one season).

  2. hotwings

    March 12, 2013 at 10:28 am

    I wonder why more teams don’t have some sort of policy, whereby they trade their stars with 1-2 seasons left on their contract if they cannot get them resigned to an extension. Why didn’t they move Perry in the summer of 2011 or before the midway point of last year? The idea being, that you can get a valued return for Perry, instead of leaving your organization’s cupboards empty while Perry hops on a plane out of town…

    The Ducks saw Erik Karlsson 2.0 (Justin Schultz) leave town without getting any compensation… They also saw themselves getting fleeced by the leafs (lupul/gardiner-beauchemin)… Add to this, the whole league saw what happened with Parise and Suter..

    And now they are on the brink of getting a free turkey for Corey Perry… I think Brian Burke is going to have a hard time “haunting” his former team with some of the decisions being made in Duckland…

  3. Jeff

    March 12, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Re: Hotwings

    Not a wiser thing has been said here!

  4. FearTheBlueNote

    March 12, 2013 at 11:37 am

    not really any trade rumors at all that these guys have dug up…this site posts like 5 posts a day maybe, i also visit mlbtraderumors and they post all day around the clock around the trade deadline, they dig up all the juicy info…its unfortunate this site isnt comparable

  5. Mark Easson

    March 12, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    @FearTheBlueNote: Unfortunately it’s not “these guys” but just one person doing all the collecting of info and writing of it. This is also just one of several jobs I have, so can’t afford to spend 24 hours a day on it.

    You also need to take into consideration that there are a lot more writers covering baseball than hockey, therefore more stories can be dug up by them. Some papers won’t send reporters on the road to follow their NHL team. Would be surprised if that happens in baseball.

    Sure, I could post rumors brought up on forums or posts by “insiders,” but I’ve tried to stay away with that, leaving it to them to do it.

    I can’t catch everything, but I try to get as much as possible.

  6. hotwings

    March 12, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    There is also a hockey rumors site called hockeybuzz, which is nothing more than a guy (Eklund) with mental deficiencies intentionally writing fiction and then telling people the rumors came from actual sources. You can spend hours there reading his inane posts that are never spell checked and then read posts from the sites users either making fun of him, or posting similar useless comments like “leafs sucks”, “habs suck”, etc.

    You can gain more from a site like this, that posts from actual journalists and media outlets and use your deductive reasoning to figure it all out.

  7. Steve

    March 12, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Mark Easson, keep doing what your doing. I love this site.

  8. Ian Chin

    March 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    @hotwings Two things. 1. Losing Justin Schultz was a hockey oddity. How many players in the hostory of the game have gone that route? Blake Wheeler… and 2. I’m not sure Anaheim got “fleeced” in the Beauchemin trade. It’s not hard to argue that Beauchemin has been greater than Lupul and Gardiner COMBINED this season, and should (but won’t) get Norris consideration. Beauchemin has been the Ducks second best every day player behind Getzlaf on the best team in the NHL right now.