The latest on Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Devin Setoguchi, Stephen Weiss, Ryan O’Reilly and more.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports on the big decision facing Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray over pending UFAs Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Garrioch claims the belief is Murray might have to offer up big, front-loaded deals to re-sign the two. It’s also believed Getzlaf is the more likely to re-sign as he’s settled now in Anaheim. Garrioch compared this situation to the one facing the Senators back in 2006 with Zdeno Chara and Wade Redden…It’s rumored the Sharks would like to add a veteran winger before the trade deadline. Defenseman Jason Demers could be the odd man out if the Sharks decide to make a move…There’s talk the Minnesota Wild could move struggling winger Devin Setoguchi, but he has another year at a cap hit of $3 million left on his contract…The Carolina Hurricanes would like to add more grit before the trade deadline. Defensemen Joe Corvo and Jamie McBain could be dealt.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It could come down to a choice for the Ducks between Getzlaf and Perry, unless one of them makes it clear they want to move on. They certainly can’t afford to lose both for nothing to free agency. Getzlaf’s numbers have declined in recent years, due in part to injuries, but he’s off to a good start to this season. If the Ducks remain playoff contenders, don’t expect either guy to be dealt, even if they’re still unsigned by that point…The Sharks do have blueline depth to dangle as trade bait. Demers and Douglas Murray have been mentioned as trade candidates…Setoguchi’s name has popped up in trade rumors, but given that contract and his declining production, he’ll be tough to move…I could see the Hurricanes trying to move Corvo, but I doubt they’d shop the 24-year-old McBain.
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont reports Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon dismissed rumors center Stephen Weiss may be available but rumors he could be dealt won’t go away. If Weiss hits the trade block, Dupont believes the Edmonton Oilers could make an aggressive pitch as injuries have depleted their depth at center.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tallon insists he wants to re-sign Weiss. Ultimately, it’ll depend upon where Weiss sees his future, and if the Panthers are willing to pay to retain him. After Ryan Getzlaf, Weiss could be the most desirable center in this summer’s UFA market.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater suggests arbitration is why the Colorado Avalanche won’t re-sign center Ryan O’Reilly to a one-year deal. He points out if O’Reilly signs a one-year deal, it’ll give him four years in the NHL, making him eligible for arbitration rights. Dater claims most people around O’Reilly expect the Avalanche will trade him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Avalanche floundering in the standings, management is coming under increasing criticism for their handling of these negotiations. Time will tell, of course, if they’re justified, but with key players sidelined and the team struggling early, it’s not working out well in the short term.