The latest on Corey Perry, Brenden Morrow, Derek Roy, Kris Letang and more.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Eric Duhatschek reports the Anaheim Ducks re-signing Ryan Getzlaf yesterday to an eight year, $66 million contract shifts the focus upon teammate Corey Perry, who is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Perry remains noncommittal about his plans, but acknowledged Getzlaf’s re-signing will be a factor with his decision.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The rumor mill has been abuzz with anticipation Perry will be traded by the April 3 trade deadline if he’s unsigned by then, regardless of the Ducks position in the standings. If the Ducks go into free-fall between now and April 3, maybe they will trade him. Given how they’ve currently got the second-best record in the league (17-3-3) and appear in good shape for a serious playoff run, I still doubt Ducks management would jeopardize that by trading Perry. We’ll find out for sure by April 3.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports Stars captain Brenden Morrow is trying to stay focused on helping his club, but acknowledged the possibility he could be moved by the trade deadline. Heika also reports the Stars are trying to negotiate a contract extension with Derek Roy, who (like Morrow) is eligible for UFA status this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the Stars are jockeying for a playoff berth in the Western Conference, I would assume they won’t move Morrow, Roy or their other pending UFAs (like Jaromir Jagr) at the trade deadline. Then again, they dealt away one of the better forwards in Michael Ryder for Erik Cole on the basis of the latter being under contract for two more seasons. If the Stars fall out of playoff contention by the end of this month, the greater the likelihood their pending UFAs hit the trade block.
OTTAWA SUN: Chris Stevenson speculates Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang could be available by the trade deadline. Though Letang still has one season left on his contract, he’ll be a UFA next summer, at the same time as superstar teammate Evgeni Malkin, leading Stevenson to wonder if the Pens can afford to retain both. He believes if Letang is shopped the asking price would be a top-six winger, an everyday defenseman and a prospect.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Penguins were to shop Letang, it’ll be before next season’s trade deadline, not now. Letang’s their best defenseman, and with one season left on his contract, it makes absolutely no sense to move him now, especially with the Penguins sitting second overall in the Eastern Conference.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie recently reported the following via Twitter: “OTT looking for a physical player, preferably one who can drop the gloves with some authority.”