You can cross who would have been one of the most coveted restricted free agents off the available list. The Hockey News has learned the Anaheim Ducks are on the verge of agreeing to terms on a five-year deal for 23-year-old right winger Corey Perry.
Sources say the deal will pay Perry at least as much as the $5.325 million per season that teammate Ryan Getzlaf will make for the next four seasons and perhaps even slightly more. It’s expected the deal will be announced shortly after free agent season opens Tuesday at 12 noon EST.
Although the deal was not completed as of Monday night, negotiations pointed toward a deal being struck. In fact, Perry has made it clear to the Ducks that if the negotiations continue in a good direction and the deal is not completed by noon, he will not entertain any offer sheets from other teams when he officially becomes a restricted free agent.
The Ducks have to wait until free agent season opens for cap reasons because it is then that they will have enough tagging room on their payroll to add Perry’s deal.
Despite missing the last 12 games of the season with a lacerated right calf, Perry led the Ducks in goals with 29 and finished second to Getzlaf in scoring with 54 points. He also missed the Ducks’ first three playoff games, but scored two goals and three points in three-post season games.
In other free agent news, it appears the Toronto Maple Leafs will make a serious pitch to sign Calgary Flames left winger Kristian Huselius when he becomes an unrestricted free agent at noon. Huselius, 30, has scored a total of 59 goals over the past two seasons for the Flames.