LeBrun: Five Big Names to Watch at Trade Deadline

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LeBrun: Five Big Names to Watch at Trade Deadline
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1. Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks Can the Ducks really trade their best player when they're sitting second in the Western Conference? I believe they will strongly consider it if the pending unrestricted free agent doesn't sign a contract extension before April 3. The Ducks are still licking their wounds from losing Justin Schultz to free agency last summer, and I think it would be mighty hard for them to watch Perry walk out the door July 5 without getting anything in return for him. And the return would be much bigger from a contender before the trade deadline than it would be at the draft from a team willing to give up picks in return for having his rights for a few weeks. And keep in mind, Ducks GM Bob Murray has held conversations with Predators GM David Poile about Nashville's drama with Ryan Suter last year. Perry is represented by Newport Sports, which in the past few years has had Brad Richards and Zach Parise in this exact position, and both stars went to free agency. That's another factor the Ducks are aware of. Going to be an awfully interesting month in Anaheim, especially after the re-signing of Ryan Getzlaf. If the Ducks do put him up for auction, you can count on almost all the playoff-bound teams in the East making a call. For sure.

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