In the upcoming offseason, Anaheim has a lot of work to do. Especially in the age department. Buying out Corey Perry, putting Ryan Kesler and Patrick Eaves on LTIR… it’s safe to say Bob Murray has a lot to do if he wants Anaheim to bounce back next season. While rebuilding is the more obvious option, this article is more about crazy, yet reasonable moves the Ducks could make. I’m not saying the Ducks would make these moves. Actually, they are almost certainly not making these moves, because ”bargain Bob”. These moves would make the Ducks a contender. The further along the list I get, the less likely these moves would happen.
THE DUCKS FIND A TRADE PARTNER FOR COREY PERRY
The longtime Ducks winger has had a decrease in production over the past few years. But it’s not something other teams have looked at considering his heavier contract. Perry has had consistent point production over the past 3 seasons. This season, he put up a measly ten points in the thirty-one games he played this season. But his knee injury is to blame for Perry’s rough season. The two seasons before Perry put up pretty good Point Per Game (PPG) stats; in 2016-17 (0.65 PPG) and 2017-18 (0.69 PPG). Players who had a similar point per game to Perry’s two years are; Brendan Gallagher, Eric Staal, Vincent Trocheck, Max Pacioretty, and Mikael Granlund just to name a few. Those are solid Top 6 players, and trading for Corey Perry with 50% salary retained might be worth it considering Perry’s leadership capabilities. But who would want the Ducks aging winger for 4 million dollars a year for the next two seasons? The team that would benefit from veteran leadership and Perry’s presence? The Vancouver Canucks.
With the young core of Pettersson, Boeser and Horvat, the Canucks could definitely benefit from a Corey Perry trade. The only veteran presence in Vancouver is arguably Louis Eriksson, and with the recent rumors about his displeasure with the organization, it’s a move that makes complete sense for Vancouver. Adding Perry to a second line on a Canucks team could benefit on the ice and off it. He could be the big body to play beside Horvat and Baertschi. The veteran winger would add grit and leadership to this lineup.
ANAHEIM TRADES ADAM HENRIQUE
Ducks fans won’t like this one. Adam Henrique recently signed a nice contract extension and that has made him a more valuable trade piece to the Ducks organization. This gives the team who acquires Henrique control over him as a solid second line center for years to come. Henrique, 29, scored 18 goals and 24 assists on a struggling Ducks team and played all 82 games this season. Henrique has been a very viable option for the team’s he has joined as he has played in at least 80 games every season since the 2015-16 campaign. The Brantford, Ontario native is also a consistent 20 goal scorer, doing so in 4 out of the last 6 seasons he has played. A team like the Colorado Avalanche can benefit from an Adam Henrique trade. Just give the Ducks a reliable Winger or Defenseman in return and you have yourself a deal.
ANAHEIM LANDS MATT DUCHENE
The perfect fit. Swapping Henrique, trading Perry, and putting Kesler and Eaves on LTIR opens up an opportunity and cap space to go out and get a big name free agent to replace Ryan Getzlaf when his reign as the Ducks number one center ends. That free agent is Matt Duchene. The free agent center would be asking from 8-9 million dollars, a price some are willing to pay to take the reigns of a first line center role from one of the Ducks best players ever. Duchene, 28, had a career year last season, putting up 70 points in 73 games. Duchene would be the perfect centerman for Anaheim. He also proved that he can run a line by himself as he put up 58 points in 50 games on a last-place Ottawa Senators team. He and Getzlaf would make a perfect 1A and 1B situation.