NHL Trade Rumors: Anaheim Ducks Would Be Crazy to Deal Corey Perry to Canucks

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2012

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 28:  Corey Perry #10 of the Anaheim Ducks and team Chara competes in the AllState Insureance NHL Breakaway Challenge part of the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Scotiabank Place on January 28, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Last season, Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry netted 50 goals and racked up 98 points en route to the Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player. That alone should be enough to keep the Ducks from even considering trading Perry.

According to Jason Botchford of The Province, the rumor is that the Ducks are considering dealing Perry to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for goaltender Cory Schneider, forward Mason Raymond and defenseman Keith Ballard.

This rumor comes as the Ducks are scuffling with a mere 45 points on the season, good for third last in the Western Conference. Perry isn't exactly on the same pace he set last season, but 22 goals and 17 assists at this juncture of the season are still solid numbers.

I'm not going to say that Anaheim should never consider trading Perry because I believe anyone can be traded for the right price, but that package from the Canucks isn't overly appealing. Schneider is having an excellent year and looks ready to become a full-time starter with a record of 11-5 and a 2.28 goals against average.

At the same time, though, the Ducks still $4.5 million per season invested in goalie Jonas Hiller for two more years. Hiller has had a rough go this season with a goals against average of just 2.77, but he was an All Star last year and is capable of playing at a high level.

Additionally, the other pieces the Ducks would be receiving in the deal simply aren't good enough. Raymond is a really nice player, but he has battled injuries this season and has just 12 points in 25 games. Also, he is coming off a mediocre 39-point campaign. If that weren't enough, Raymond becomes a restricted free agent after this season.

Ballard has proven at times in the past that he can be an elite defenseman, but he hasn't been able to put it all together for a long period of time. Ballard has clearly fallen out of favor with Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault as his ice time continues to decrease. He would be an albatross for the Ducks as he is due to earn $4.2 million annually through the 2014-15 season.

Ultimately, the rumored return is nowhere close to what Anaheim should be getting for a player of Perry's caliber. Schneider would be the crown jewel coming back, but with Hiller already in the fold, things would get messy. Raymond is more of a third-line player and Ballard's confidence is shot.

The main thing you have to ask yourself when evaluating this trade is whether Anaheim can replace the 50 goals it loses by trading Perry. The answer is a resounding "no" as the Ducks would be lucky to get 20 goals total out of Raymond and Ballard over a full season.

I'm not sure where Botchford heard this rumor, but it doesn't seem reliable to me in the least. If the Ducks are actually considering this type of offer then there is a considerable problem with the organization. More than likely, though, it is just wishful thinking by some Canucks supporters.