Finding a home for Perreault
It's down to Chicago and Ottawa, at least according to former NHL player and current broadcaster Ray Ferraro.
Ferraro, a former teammate of Yanic Perreault when they were with Los Angeles, said today on the Fan 590 that the unsigned faceoff ace would have a new deal in the near future.
The one thing holding him back? Perreault's asking for a two-year deal, and he's over 35 years of age.
Not surprisngly, that's enough to make any general manager balk given how the 35-plus clause of the new CBA bit New Jersey's Lou Lamoriello (even though the savvy GM was able to navigate his way out of the mess). Add in the fact that Perreault is battling a stomach pull, and it's not hard to see why he's still on the sidelines.
(Still, Perreault had a terrific season last year with the Nashville Predators, and can contribute offence in the right role.)
A native of Sherbrooke, Que., Perreault would prefer to go to Ottawa given its proximity to home, but my guess is Chicago is the team making the biggest push. Given the loss of Michal Handzus for the season, GM Dale Tallon will be anxious to plug that top-line hole in an attempt keep his team playing its best hockey in years.