Could Maple Leafs Target Corey Perry? Perry Trade Tracker Video

  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: It’s been rumored that the Anaheim Ducks will only be able to keep one of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, with Getzlaf being the player most likely to get a long-term deal. Perry then could become available before the trade deadline on April 3rd. Cox thinks the Leafs have to be in on Perry if he does come available. He’s not the ideal player for the Maple Leafs as he’s not a center, but he’s a former Hart Trophy winner and Stanley Cup winner. Perry will be looking for a big raise from his $4.875 million salary, possibly heading north of $8 million, and the Leafs could afford that. Since Burke is a now a scout for the Ducks, so he could provide info on every Leafs player and prospect. He would know how Leafs GM Dave Nonis values each player/prospect. Cox wonders if Burke would recommend having Phil Kessel as part of the deal? Would Nonis need to get Perry signed to an extension for a deal to be made? The Ducks could sign both Getzlaf and Perry, but that seems unlikely. They could keep both past the deadline, but that also seems unlikely.
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  1. #1 by AJ at March 1st, 2013

    Again, there was NEVER such kind of rumor. Ever. Not a word fron Perry or Murray or anybody closer than Ottawa or Toronto.
    Those were made up by journalists from markets targeting Perry. Nothing even closely resembling a fact to back up any of this talk.

  2. #2 by AJ at March 1st, 2013

    Also, his salary average is 5.3-5.4M, was closer to 6.5 the last two years, Perry structured it this way.
    I don’t think he would go for 8+, rather 7-7.5.
    Ducks will also have more cap space than the Leafs.
    Why is it unlikely to sign both? These statements go against the facts and common sense, especially now that Anaheim is sitting No.2 in the League.
    I’m pissed! :)

  3. #3 by hotwings at March 1st, 2013

    at the very least, the talk is based on common sense… will ANA sign both at 7mil + each? prob not.. does TO have the trade resources to get him? yes. does TO have the cash to get him signed? yes.

    so, there are some facts here. whats wrong with speculation? these guys gotta sell papers.. its part of the fun of the TO media… id hate to be be in FLA, where the panthers news is listed next to the over 70 shuffle board league..

    i think cox is going out on a limb here to suggest that kessel would go back the other way… i mean, if your burke, wouldnt you want to distance yourself from that whole debacle? and wouldnt kessel make in the same neighbourhood of perry? 6mil plus?

    i just cant imagine burke being at some office conference and even suggesting “hey, lets get phil kessel”

  4. #4 by Chris at March 1st, 2013

    Damien Cox is an idiot… He knows very little about the game of hockey, and even less about the Leafs organization and goings on… He is a terrible sports reporter, and this entire story or rumor is based completely on his own ideas and dreams.. Are the Leafs interested in Perry, for sure… what team isn’t. Would Kessel be part of the deal… possibly… is there any facts to back up cox’s story… NOPE. Burke was GM in toronto for years, one thing you learn quick being a fan of the leafs and burke, is he hates the media… no chance he has had any conversations with media about who he would want for Perry.

  5. #5 by AJ at March 1st, 2013

    where is one single fact again?
    The probably not part?
    You are asking the wrong questions.
    Will ANA sign both at 7M each? Sure, why not, they ARE franchise Anaheim players, there’s lots of cap space to do just that and more. Does TO have the trade resources to get him? Probably not. I know many of you in Toronto like to think you have the assets to trade for everyone, but you don’t. It doesn’t just have to be equal value, but to make sense for the Ducks. You just mostly would like to dump your used trash on anyone in exchange for the stars from the skies anyway. You don’t even have Burke for that now, who actually works for the Ducks now. His knowledge of the TO roster is waay deeper thatn RC’s knowledge of the Ducks, which stops at about Getzlaf, Perry, Ryan and Beauchemin. He’s not a fan of homegrown prospects you know. Does TO have the cash and cap space? Yes. Guess who else does have the even more cash and cap space? Anaheim.

    So again even if your “facts” would be facts, they all point at them staying.

    By fact I mean a single word from anyone just remotely involved. That’s right. There was not a word. That’s why you have to make things up to stir the pot. That’s creating news, not reporting them.

    And btw: Toronto does not have anyone that Anaheim needs and TO doesn’t. Even those are few.

  6. #6 by hotwings at March 1st, 2013

    aj, its just an article based on speculation. its meant to sell newspapers and get the media chatter going… no one is claiming that cox’s article is some highly researched report with irrefutable documented statements by anyone involved.

    again, anahiem IS a small market team. even with the cap space available, it doesnt mean they are going to automatically give 2 players 7 mil a piece.. cox and everyone else is just making the speculative leap that they wont do this, since they are a small market team and have budget constraints…

    I’m a Burke fan, but Burke’s knowledge of the TO roster can be wrong at times. How about tyler biggs? How about carter ashton? What about getting Komi? How about getting beauch, then getting rid of him? How about Lombardi? His evaluation of players needs to be taken w. a grain of salt… I’m sure ANA knows this.

    Anaheim’s defence needs big improvements… TO does have excess defenders.. this is another fact. How about anaheim wanting Gardiner back? How about getting liles or gunnarson?

    Also, why hasnt perry or getz signed already? We are getting close to the 11th hour and no contract? Why not? Again, more EVIDENCE for a possible trade…

    Anyways, you have to remember that cox’s article is JUST an OPINION piece.

  7. #7 by AJ at March 1st, 2013

    They began contract talks in the summer, but those had to be frozen because of the lockout. Since, the season started, but it was already late january and all their focus had to be on getting off on the right foot and not to commit a slow start again. In my understanding, there are ongoing talks with both.

    I don’t think any of the 3 d-men are any upgrades at all. For Gardiner’s spot, there’s a

  8. #8 by AJ at March 1st, 2013

    Vatanen and a Lindholm, and Gunnarson and Liles are again no upgrades.
    Ducks need a No.1 dman, the only one from TO that comes to mind is Phaneuf. We’re talking about Perry here, so let’s not small talk here with regular Joes.

  9. #9 by Wunschkind89 at March 1st, 2013

    Perry isn’t going anywhere during the season. Anaheim is having an awesome year, and trading away arguably your best player away is the stupidest idea Cox has come up with.

    If Perry and Getzlaf both become free agents, I’d rather the Leafs target Getzlaf.

  10. #10 by Bobandy at March 2nd, 2013

    “Hey, I’m going to give up my So-Cal mansion, this great market where I don’t get harassed by the media every day and my excellent team that I’ve been on my entire career to go to a market where the media trades you 7 days a week!” said no one ever.

  11. #11 by Andy at March 4th, 2013

    U clowns have any common sense? Read between the lines..if they wanted to resign in Ana, it would be done already. They structured the contracts so they can bounce ASAP (age27)! Trade em or don’t trade em.. Whatever, just remember what happened to Cavs fans.. Be prepared to get LEBRON’d

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