By Michael Walters
According to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, there are several teams interested in signing David Perron. He started last season in Pittsburgh scoring four goals and recording 12 assists in 43 games. He was traded mid-season to Anaheim and played better recording 20 total points(8G + 12A) in 28 regular season games. The only thing that slowed him down in Anaheim was a shoulder injury he suffered toward the end of the season on March 20 against the Winnipeg Jets. He was able to come back in time for the playoffs scoring one goal and recording two assists in the seven game series against the Nashville Predators.
Perron fit well in the Ducks lineup especially on the Ryan Getzlaf line with former Blues teammate Chris Stewart. Bob Murray has expressed interest in bringing Perron back season. Perron could re-sign and stay with Anaheim, but with so much interest from other teams at the moment it’s difficult to say what will happen. His resurgence in the second half of last season has drawn the attention of several teams and could land him a decent long term contract that Anaheim might not be able to provide. The Ducks still need to re-sign Hampus Lindholm and Rickard Rakell.
Leading up to the draft last week talks of Fowler being moved picked up, but Anaheim didn’t move him or make any trades. Murray mentioned that he had talked to some teams, but no offers that came his way were worth entertaining. Buffalo is one team reported to be interested in Fowler and according to the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit Red Wings are also. Detroit’s GM Ken Holland is looking to add a defenseman via a trade and has expressed interest in Fowler.
Detroit could be a trade partner that would work because they have two left-shooting wingers that can score in Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist. Tatar is a left-wing that scored 45 total points(21G + 24A) in 81 games last season. He also had three assists in five playoffs games against Tampa Bay. He scored 29 goals in the 2014-15 season and 19 in the previous season. Nyquist is a right-wing, but can play his opposite wing as well. He had 43 total points(17G + 26A) last season. He had one goal in the five playoff games against Tampa Bay. He scored 27 goals in the 2014-15 season and 28 in the previous season.
Financially, Tatar might be more likely for Anaheim to target if a trade with Fowler is considered. According to Generalfanager.com, Tatar’s salary is $2.75 million next season which is very doable for the Ducks especially if Fowler is involved in a trade. Fowler’s salary is $4 million next season. Nyquist’s salary is $4.75 million. Either Tatar or Nyquist could be an addition Murray is looking for as they are both left-shooting top six forwards.
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