Hockey in Southern California is more popular than Soccer. With L.A winning the Cup and San Jose loaded with 'Stars' - Anaheim is not going to let either of their Franchise players Walk because of money concerns - they'll find a way - they'll waive half their active roster if thats what it takes.
The only way either hits UFA is because they want to WIN again in the Short Term - and don't see the REBUILD in ANA taking shape for another couple years ... Pretty much the EXACT situation Toronto will be in.
It's clear to me that you and I aren't going to get along generally, but in he interest of accuracy, waiving players no longer aleviates money problems unless someone picks those players up (because that money in the minors is both still on your actual payroll and hits your cap in excess of $350k). Do you really think the rest of the league is just going to bail out Anaheim on a myriad of contracts to help them not be in jeopardy of losing the star players on their roster?
I can see Perry coming here, but it will honestly take 10 mil a year. Leafs will have to overpay. No way Getzlaf, simply because when most NHLers get to their late 20's, they have wives and kiddies that make it a lot harder to want to move.
Forget Ryan, he stays in Anaheim. Perry we have a small chance only if we overpay.
you'd think a team with a line of Ryan Getzlaf Perry would make the playoffs
It shows that teams who are focused on just a few players, and too thin in the rest of the lineup rarely are the top teams.
It is probable that two of these three resign with Anaheim, but I doubt they have the money to sign all three. Perry is a very good player, but not exactly our greatest need, unless we aren't planning on resigning Lupul.
I'd sooner just target Getzlaf to go between the existing chemistry between Lupul and Kessel. Use the rest of the money to improve the back end, where our real issues are anyway.
Has Toronto signed a BIG TICKET UFA in the last Decade? I dont' care how much money you want to offer someone - if they're interested in WINNING they'll take a pay cut to achieve it.
Do we even want players that are just in it for the $$$
It's great that you SAY that but history doesn't seem to support it. It does support that players go where money is offered.
I'm not sure why people have such a hard time recognizing that for the past several years, we either haven't made a pitch for the top guys or haven't been willing to match what other teams were (based on all evidence at hand and for fairly obvious reasons).
Whether you want players who are in it for the $ or not is irrelevant. History seems to show that's exactly what they are in it for.
Don't really care for Duhatschek's comparison of Suter and Parise. Left a bad taste around the league and if that's part of the pitch in any way shape or form, I can't see either player signing if the perception were one of betrayal.
That said, I think so long as they both toe a line of non-committment, separation couldn't be seen as unjustified given a consistent message and prior service/accomplishment for the club and city.