Perry is great, don't get me wrong, but Getzlaf stirs the drink.
Yup. I think Perry/Getzlaf have been together ever since they were drafted. Right now they are on the same page every time they are on the ice. It would be a night and day difference when he gets someone else.
Im not sure what the cap situations look like for some of the eastern teams, but Ottawa seems like a reasonable destination...seems like they can pay him what he wants, and there's a fair bit of talent on the Sens these days, so he'd be able to compete for the cup on that team in the coming years.
Then of course there's Philly... just because their GM always seems to like to make a splash.
I said that "he" considers himself the better player, because he won the Hart trophy a few years ago, among other things. So he deserves more money. (Again, in his mind)
I completely agree that Getzlaf is more important, as a fan of a team that is built on centers.
Perry knows Anaheim wont pay him more than Getzlaf. Anaheim was "gracious" enough on his last contract to match Getzlaf, when Getzlaf was a vastly superior player at the time. If he wants north of $8.25 he has to look elsewhere.
I'm also assuming Anaheim signed Getzlaf to this deal with Perry in mind. Whether they plan on re-signing him or not, they set the bar for him within the organization at $8.25M IMO.