Perry falls under the Marian Hossa, Ilya Kovalchuk umbrella, only Anaheim is a much better club than Atlanta ever was when they traded their studs in their prime at the deadline. The Ducks, the second-best team in the West, just gave Ryan Getzlaf $66 million over eight years. Why Perry just doesn’t go to general manager Bob Murray and say, “Give me the same contract” is anybody’s guess. They’re a tag-team. If they can’t sign him in three weeks they’ll do one of two things: deal him for three live bodies and a first-round draft pick (see Hossa, Kovalchuk), or work out a sign-and-trade deal with a team the way the NBA does. The team that wants Perry will sign him to an exorbitant rate, but give up way more because he’s not a rental then.
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