Gillis on asking too much for Luongo … Ryan safe … Edler signs extension … Ducks “first option” for Getzlaf

  • TSN: Canucks GM Mike Gillis on the Canucks asking too much for Roberto Luongo:

    “Fair value is different for every team that you speak to because they have different players, they have different concerns and different contractual issues that play into what they have available that you might want,” said Gillis.

    “The notion that we were asking for too much was floated in the Toronto media by a team that was extremely interested in acquiring Roberto and were using every means possible to try and force us to do something that we didn’t think was right. That’s nothing new in this business and it’s not the type of pressure that I’m going to succumb too.”

  • Lance Pugmire of the LA Times: Ducks GM Murray has told Bobby Ryan that they are not looking to trade him this year.

    “It’s nice that it’s all been resolved and that I can come into camp and worry about other things, and once the games get going I’ll have taken my mind completely off of it,” Ryan said.

  • Mike Heika via twitter: The Stars are still trying to get Jamie Benn signed. Looking like he’ll miss their season opener on Saturday.
  • Elliotte Pap of the Vancouver Sun: The Canucks sign Alex Edler to a 6 year, $30 million contract extension. He’ll have salaries of $3.25 million in 2013-14, $4.25 million in 2014-15, $6 million for 3 years and $4.5 million in 2018-19.
  • Chris Johnston via twitter: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis: ”There’s definitely a chance we’ll see Tim Connolly back here again.”
  • Eric Stephens via twitter: Ducks Ryan Getzlaf told Vancouver media that the Ducks are his “first option” and he told GM Bob Murray that for awhile.
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  1. #1 by Wunschkind89 at January 19th, 2013

    Gillis isn’t too bright if he thinks a 33-yeah old goalie past his prime years, and with a $5.33M cap hit for the next 9 years, is worth as much as he belives.

    Besides, he talks about contractual issues as if his team has none, when next year they’ll be over the salary cap themselves.


  2. #2 by Jeff at January 20th, 2013

    The Ducks are in a really tough situation with Getzlaf. They have what…25 games to try to figure out whether he is the 2010 version or the 2012 version of Getzlaf. The former is worth a long-term contract, and the later is a 2nd or 3rd line Center. Ducks are in a really tough spot.

    On the other hand, i think Perry is a much better bet to rebound long-term.

  3. #3 by AJ at January 20th, 2013

    There is no tough spot there.
    Even last year’s Getzlaf was better than half the other teams’ first line centers, there is simply no reason for the two sides to part. There is no better option even, and the No.1 line C market is poor, but I’m sure Toronto fans know that.
    Even if he won’t live up to a potential big money contract (which I don’t expect to happen), there are a lot of teams who would jump on trading for him. You can not misfire by locking him up.

  4. #4 by Jeff at January 20th, 2013

    Getzlaf was 99th in the league in points per game, so there is the potential for a “misfire”. I think he’s great, but i would need to very comfortable that i know why he declined so much last season — before i give him an 8 year extension (which is undoubtedly what his agent is asking for).

    What do you think was the issue last year?

    (i really dont know)

  5. #5 by AJ at January 21st, 2013

    Me neither. I can only guess. There was no external issue that we know of, anything public.
    Maybe pressure got the best of him, being a young father unable to be there for his kid’s firsts, combined with being a new captain, wanting Selanne to quit the game on a high note, trying too hard to get out of his own slump while helping the team get up from the floor as well, potential trade rumors flying around.

    Close to player sources have mentioned on the Ducks boards that he’s matured a lot through last year and during the lockout, that he is a different man. It sounded really positive and he seems to be committed. I’d like to think from an overall Ducks perspective that this lockout was rather helpful mentally, phisically and prospect-wise.

    All i hope for is a playoff spot and proper development and experience for the prospects, besides locking Perry and Getzlaf up ofc :D
    I don’t think they’re contenders yet, but could be very well on course.

  6. #6 by Ian at January 21st, 2013

    Getzlaf looked every bit his old self against Vancouver, and even if he’s slipped a bit, Murray and the Ducks could ill afford to lose him. Both Perry and Getzlaf signed very cap friendly contracts with little fuss as RFA’s. After Selanne, they’re the two biggest faces of the franchise, and have grown some roots in the community. Few here in Anaheim expect them to leave.

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