Originally Posted by mister_mcgoo
i dunno if this just wishful thinking on your part or something more Ev but if you want speculation I think Perry in OTT would be huge. Its a team that is already on the cusp, a legit playoff contender. Adding a guy like Perry with his nose for the net and tons of sandpaper would be huge for them, especially as they are poised to lose their captain and long standing lock at RW. I'm no Sens fan (though I'll takeem any day over the Leafs or Nucks) but I really respect the team they are building there in OTT, a guy like Perry might prove the missing piece
Definitely. While I obviously wish for this to happen, I didn't just pluck this out of the air. This was passed on by a fairly reliable and decently connected person. Just that he's considering Ottawa if he goes to UFA. And I just thought it made a lot of sense for some of the reasons I already mentioned, but here's a full breakdown:
-Local ties. 3 and a half hours away from his hometown, Peterborough.
-Connection to Bryan and Tim Murray
-Less pressure (and better current and future team) than in Toronto if he wants to stay local.
-Ottawa's cap space, and the fact they have to sign somebody fairly big to reach the cap floor.
-He'll get to play with Spezza for a long time. Legit playmaking centre who is probably more skilled than Getzlaf = return to 50 goals potentially (although I think he peaked there). Where could he go with a more attractive piece at centre, who also has the cap space? Def not Toronto.
-Replacement on RW for Daniel Alfredsson as you mentioned.
-He played with Marc Methot for 4 years in London. Maybe they're buddies? No idea (update: confirmed friends).
Honestly, I think the 3 Top landing spots for im are Anaheim, Toronto, and Ottawa. Obviously I can't get into his mind, and I don't know if he actually cares about being close to home, but I can't think of any other teams right now to be in a potential Top 3 for him. Obviously Pittsburgh would be amazing for him, playing with Crosby...but do they have the space?