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Corey Perry has re-signed with the Ducks for eight years – $69 million. That’s a shade under Sidney Crosby‘s $8.7 million per year, by the way…and it’s $3 million more than Getzlaf. Two years ago Getzlaf was the darling – Perry had one of the best February/ March/ April’s in the history of the league that year, if you remember. And those three months earned him millions.
Emerson Etem scored his first career NHL goal and has four points in his last six games.
We’re now into ‘college free agent signing’ season, as Angus noted yesterday. It seems much earlier this year, but obviously it’s because the season started so late. It’s also that time of year where the junior players who didn’t make the playoffs get called up to the AHL (and you may even see them in the NHL). Morgan Rielly, for example, has been recalled to the Toronto Marlies. And finally, some of the European teams are out of the playoffs and we’re starting to see some of those guys put pen to paper. It will be an interesting next two weeks as plenty of this news trickles in.
Finally back to the NHL – Dmitry Orlov. He had 12 points in 22 AHL games. He was injured in December, which pretty much removed him from training camp and stuck him in the minors by the time he came back. He’s worth a pickup if you need a d-man.
Gustav Nyquist has been sent back to the AHL. He played two games, seeing 27 minutes of ice time and picking up an assist with four shots. Good numbers, albeit in a small sample size.
With Kyle Quincey out for the next month with a cheekbone fracture, their backs are against the wall. Either go out and make a trade, which is something Ken Holland rarely does anymore… or play Ian White. So, uh, look for a trade.
I have a feeling that the ‘who will make the team full time first?’ question will be answered “both”. I’m talking about Nyquist vs. Tomas Tatar. “Both”, you ask? But, how can that be? Well, I’ll tell you – trade. Just a feeling based on nothing more than what I ate this morning, or what side I got out of the bed on, but I think one of those two blue chippers will get moved.
One of the above will be called back up – likely – because Darren Helm‘s back flared up yesterday and he left practice early.
Good on Colin McDonald for getting out of the AHL at 28. He follows the footsteps of Matt Moulson, who I believe was 25, and PA Parenteau (27) as the Isles AHL reclamation project. They gave Keith Aucoin a shot, but it looks like it’s not something they’ll pursue beyond this year. McDonald, meanwhile, is a former 40-goal scorer at the AHL level and t