BREAKING: Ducks agree to terms with Corey Perry on eight-year contract extension. bit.ly/11ccV4R— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) March 19, 2013
So that happened.
8 years, 69 million.
The dream of many a Sens fan that Perry could land in Ottawa July 1st dashed. There was a sliver of reason to think it was possible too, what with Bryan and Tim drafting Corey in 2003, the whispers about Perry wanting to move "closer to home", a true number one playmaking center to line up alongside, and enough capspace to accommodate a contract sure to explode Ottawa's salary structure.
Of course that optimism easily brushed aside the franchises history of free agent signings, an inauspicious list headlined by a then 36-year-old Sergei Gonchar. The Hasek signing is up there too, even if it ended terribly. And the rest Kovalev, Gerber, Corvo, you get the idea.
Ottawa's really only had the means to target players in free agency for 10 years (ie. the Melnyk era), and in that span I'd argue they've never really been close on signing a premier player in or around their prime. If you believe Gene, the Sens had a "presentation" all made up for Parise, but the organization never made an offer once they saw the kind of term and dollars it was going to take (not that I blame them on that front).
So even though it'd be nice at this stage to add some elite talent to the team for nothing but money, chances are it's not going to happen. Talent in Ottawa arrives in two ways - through the draft and via trade. Maybe that fact changes sometime in future, but to this point that's been the history.
Hell with Perry struck from the list, there isn't much available this summer I'd want to commit to anyway.
During the depths of the lockout Elliotte Friedman appeared on the podcast and had this to say:
"Ultimately I think the biggest question the Senators are going to have going forward is, how are they going to replace Daniel Alfredsson when the time comes?"
It remains a question today, and I'm not sure it's even a fair question to ask. The organization might have that player in the system, or maybe it's years before they see another two-way winger with his skills. The blueprint Chicago laid down of augmenting their young core with Hossa is desirable, but those signings are so few and far between - you can't bank on them, especially in Ottawa.
what are you taking about replacing alfie? we've got silf preping to be that right now! ;) ok, i'm not completely serious but with the amazing drafting BM's done over the year lots is coming up in the pipeline. IMO Noeson is the next candidate to impress us that's coming. both ZIb and Silf have made a case for themselves this season as to why they should not be traded and considered part of the new core(well zib had been speculated by many maybe Silf less)
we've still got quite a few pieces coming up. you might be able to trade Michalek int he summer if healthy in a package with some youth. we need that top line winger still and a top 4 D could go a long way. do we sacrifice Ceci+ to aquire something along the lines of Boyle? maybe Bogosian will ask for lots of money and short term in order to reach the UFA market faster. that's a trade candidate if you ask me. that's someone you might package Ceci, prospect + pick for.
top line winger might prove a little harder.
plus who knows what we pick up at the draft
Ottawa was close on Schultz, one of the few marquis free agents that would have actually represented good value at and good term. Like Anthopolous said, 10 year deals rarely work out for clubs for the full span.
A nice dose of realism for the fan base. B Murray should just bring in weather reports from Winnipeg and Edmonton in order to remain slighting more relevant with free agent negotiations.
Good read and sobering. It's time for the organization to put its head down and continue to recruit the Sustr's and etc. of the world so that it can continue to accrue more prospect depth so that it can be comfortable, like the Blue Jays this winter, moving that quantity for established quality players who can supplement their core.
In one of Murray's recent radio appearances, he essentially said the same thing and if we're being honest with ourselves, Ottawa's probably never going to be able to sign one of these types of players when they're competing on the open market with 29 other teams for their service. Not to mention that it's rare to see this kind of elite talent hitting the free agent market anyway.
For Ottawa to land one of these guys, they're going to have acquire them and then hope that they can convince them to sign an extension when eligible.