“Thoughts on Thoughts” is a feature that looks at Elliotte Friedman’s terrific weekly post “30 Thoughts.” Justin Bourne selects his 10 favourite tidbits, and elaborates.
Last edition: NHL realignment still needs work (Full Friedman edition here)
Friedman’s column, March 11th: Getzlaf contract may impact Perry
The opening this week was on the Getzlaf contract. Initially, Friedman notes that some people didn’t think Getzlaf took a “hometown discount,” and that had he hit the open market, he could’ve possibly been paid more than his AAV of $8.25M. I gotta say: initially I was one of the people slagging Anaheim for giving Getzlaf the moon, but the more I think about it, the more I realize Getzlaf essentially had a knife to Murray’s throat.
“Oh, don’t wanna give me more than $7.5M? Okay, well we both suspect Perry is going to walk, so if you like, you can play hardball with me and lose both of us. Or not. Thanks for your time, hope to hear from you in the near future.”
He mentions all they can do is throw their best bait at Perry, see if he bites, then figure out their plan from there. Ducks have to do this early so they know what they’re dealing with at the deadline – you’ll have to go high, but if you get him, well, you’ve got two pretty great pieces for a long time. If there’s any doubt, you can get to work on the best possible return.
Friedge also advocates the “going for it” idea when you’re this close (after finding out what your owner wants to do). I’m not on board if I’m in the GM seat, but dealing Perry certainly isn’t an easy call with Teemu Selanne playing late into his career for another crack at the Cup, and that you’re only trading him as a couple month rental, so he’s not worth that much.
The only real thing Murray has going for him is the new CBA: you can offer your guy an extra year of term, and there’s now a period where a player can hear the best pitches from other teams before signing, meaning if you really do throw him the best package, you might be able to retain him. Tough situation.
TO THE THOUGHTS-MOBILE!
7. The one thing everyone should remember about Iginla is that he is tight with owner Murray Edwards. There may not be any talks yet, but if he wants to stay — and they want him to stay — it will get worked out. Could he get traded, then come back in the summer?
I love the concept of this. I was racking my brain earlier trying to think of instances where it’s happened in the NHL in the past (and I took the question to Twitter, and got a ton of help there too). Here’s what I’ve come up with:
In 2005-06, Mark Recchi went from Pittsburgh to Carolina in a trade before becoming an unrestricted free agent in the off-season, won the Cup as a rental player (7G, 9A for 16PTS in 25 playoff games), then went back to the Pens in the summer. Read the rest of this entry »