NHL Rumor Mill – June 11, 2019
The latest on Corey Perry and Phillip Danault plus updates on the Canucks and Flyers in today’s NHL rumor mill.
DUCKS’ OPTIONS FOR PERRY
NBC SPORTS: Adam Gretz examined the Anaheim Ducks’ options for parting ways with Corey Perry. The 34-year-old right winger’s play has declined in recent years. The Ducks want to bring in younger, cheaper talent. Recent reports indicate they could buy out the remaining two years of the 34-year-old right winger’s contract if they’re unable to trade him before June 30.
Gretz believes a trade would be better than a buyout but doubts the Ducks will get much back in return. His annual salary-cap hit ($8.25 million through 2020-21) and performance will affect his trade value. They could be forced to retain part of his cap hit, though Gretz feels that would be preferable to a buyout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gretz pointed out Anaheim’s situation with Perry is similar to that of Edmonton with Milan Lucic, Vancouver with Loui Eriksson, and Toronto with Patrick Marleau. One advantage for the Ducks is there isn’t as much term left on his deal compared to Lucic and Eriksson. There could be a market for Perry but the Ducks could be forced to absorb part of his cap hit and/or include a decent draft pick or prospect in the deal.
LATEST ON THE CANUCKS
SPORTSNET: Iain Macintyre reports Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning didn’t provide much detail on the stalled contract talks with Alexander Edler. However, he did say he doesn’t have the appetite for signing the 33-year-old defenseman to a deal longer than two years. That type of contract might require the Canucks to protect Edler in the 2021 NHL expansion draft.
Benning will also be speaking soon with Loui Eriksson regarding his comments about head coach Travis Green. in a recent interview, the 33-year-old said he didn’t get along 100 percent with Green. He felt he wasn’t getting as much trust from the Canucks bench boss as he used to get from other coaches. Eriksson’s remarks fueled speculation he could be traded, linking him to the Edmonton Oilers in a possible swap with Milan Lucic.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s looking more likely Edler could test the UFA market on July 1. However, he could find other clubs share the Canucks reluctance to invest longer than two years because of the Seattle draft in 20201.
As for Eriksson, if he truly believes Green isn’t giving him a fair shake Benning could be forced to try and trade him. That could mean swapping him for another struggling veteran carrying a hefty contract. Remains to be seen if it would be Lucic or somebody else.
INTEREST IN DANAULT?
TVA SPORTS: cites Yvon Pedneault saying several teams have interest in Montreal Canadiens center Phillip Danault. The 26-year-old’s performance this season (53 points in 81 games) have some clubs looking at him as a third-line center. Pednault claims he’s not saying the Canadiens will trade Danault but there is interest around the league. He feels the Edmonton Oilers are one club that could use the Habs center.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates Danault is signed through 2020-21 with an affordable $3.083-million cap hit. I doubt the Canadiens are looking at moving him. However, his future with the Habs could depend upon the development of promising young centers Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Ryan Poehling, and Nick Suzuki. If all three become full-time players and establish themselves as rising stars next season, perhaps the Canadiens might consider moving Danault.
FLYERS COULD MOVE THEIR FIRST-ROUND PICK
NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: Jordan Hall reports Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher has informed his peers he’s willing to move his first-round pick (11th overall) for immediate help. If they do move the pick, assistant GM Brent Flahr said it’ll be for a younger player and not a rental. Fletcher admitted there hasn’t been a big push yet for his pick but suggests that could change as the upcoming NHL Draft approaches.