Someone strikes a match and twitter sets on fire with hockey rumours. It happens everyday and some are more far-fetched than others. The latest round of rumours involves power forward Corey Perry joining the Vancouver Canucks for something along the lines of Cory Schneider, Keith Ballard and Mason Raymond plus a draft pick.
The rumour apparently started on the hockey program Le Match, shown on the French-Canadian TVA channel when ex-NHL players Patrice Brisebois and Enrico Ciccone mentioned the above trade live on air. Ex-Canadiens player Dave Morissette also tweeted:
@DaveMorissette Dave Morissette
Rhumeur d’echange!! Corey perry a vancouver . Pour shneider ..ballard et raymond.. Source le Briser
Despite the Ducks potentially gaining three players in return, it does not seem like a fair trade-off, due to Schneider and Raymond both being without contracts past this season and Ballard’s $4.2 million seeming excessive, considering his form the last 2 years in Vancouver.
It seems more likely for the Canucks to demand an experienced netminder in return if they were to deal Schneider, which would make the deal something like Corey Perry and Dan Ellis (should return from a groin strain early February) for Keith Ballard, Mason Raymond, Cory Schneider and a 2nd or 3rd round pick. Salary cap wise, this deal seems to work but essentially the Ducks would be dealing Perry for Schneider and Raymond with Ellis, Ballard and the picks thrown in as fodder.
Would the Canucks want another top power forward? Yes. Any advantage the Vancouver team could gain for playoffs they surely would have to take. A line of Booth-Kesler-Perry behind a line of D.Sedin-H.Sedin-Burrows would be one of the best top-6 forward groups in the NHL and more of a line 1a and 1b option than a regular 1st and 2nd line, remember the only forward dealt for the Canucks in this deal would be the speedy but inconsistent Mason Raymond!
Losing Ballard would be a minor loss for the Canucks defense but with so much depth on the blue line including Aaron Rome, Andrew Alberts, Alex Sulzer and Chris Tanev, the Canucks should be able to manage the back-end. While Cory Schneider would be greatly missed, it was always going to be Luongo playing the majority of the playoff games so Dan Ellis and his NHL average of 2.68 GA would provide a solid backup option in a long cup run.
The acquisition of Corey Perry without losing a true top 6 forward or top 4 defenseman could only bring Vancouver one step closer to the Stanley Cup and if this rumour has any real chance of happening, Gillis needs to pull the trigger before the Anaheim management group has a chance to wake up from dream-land.