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Poll: Is Perry’s Time Up In Anaheim?
By Michael Walters
Corey Perry‘s lower goal production in the past two seasons has raised questions about whether the Anaheim Ducks would try to trade him.
Last season Perry finished with 17 goals and the previous season he had 19 goals. From the 2007-2008 season up through the 2015-16 season, Perry scored a total of 285 goals(excluding the shortened 2012-13 season). During that time span, Perry averaged just under 36 goals a season but now has only averaged 18 goals in his last two.
The notion of Perry possibly being traded has recently been heightened due to TSN Frank Seravalli’s recent trade bait article. He stated that “it is believed” the Anaheim Ducks asked Perry for a list of teams he would be willing to be traded to during last season.
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Regardless if Perry provided a list of teams he would accept in a trade, it is going to be difficult to obtain a good return for Perry. In his prime, Perry was averaging over 20 minutes of ice time per season. In his past three seasons, he has averaged less than 18 minutes of ice time per season. Perry was also averaging a 15.1% shooting percentage from the 2010-11 season through the 2015-16 season. In his last two seasons, his shooting percentage has dipped down to just 9.4%. Perry is still an effective forward, but the decline over the recent seasons is certainly noticeable.
Aside from performance, the other issue with trying to trade Perry is his contract. He is under contract for three more seasons with an $8.6 million annual average, which totals up to about $24 million including bonuses. The Ducks might not get the return they want at that price tag or they may have to make some concessions for another team to take on the remainder of his contract.
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Another thing to keep in mind that could affect Perry being traded is the Ryan Kesler situation. Recently Sportnet’s Elliott Friedman reported that Kesler could miss next season. The organization has yet to comment on Kesler’s status but depending on his availability, it could affect who the Ducks might want or need to bring in next season if he is out for a majority, if not all, of next season. If Kesler does miss the entire season, then the Ducks may need to fill a hole at the center position and still want to keep Perry.
One player that had been reported as being of interest to the Ducks at the last trade deadline was Montreal’s Max Pacioretty. He has one year left on his contract in Montreal at $5 million so the Ducks could possibly try to make a deal. Montreal could be a desirable destination for Perry since he is from the area. Pacioretty is listed as number five on TSN’s trade bait list and Perry is listed as number 25.
Bottom line is Perry has been on the decline recently and the Ducks could try to move him, but Perry still controls his fate with his no-movement clause.
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June 7th, 2018