Wednesday, October 25, 2006

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.


At 12:38 p.m., October 25, 2006, Anonymous Kit said...

Honestly; I'm surprised Perrault can't find work. I understand his leaving the Predators; we're just far too deep at centre to play a vet in that position (even if he is or was the league's number 1 faceoff man), but he's an incredibly strong player offensively. And one thing the points stats don't show is how consistent Yanic was at finding a scoring opportunity when we desperately needed it last year.

Honestly, if I'm the Blackhawks, I give him the two-year deal. Though for a team with such chronic injury problems at the moment, you'd be forgiven for accusing them of tempting fate.

At 3:33 p.m., October 25, 2006, Blogger Jes Gőlbez said...

Sillinger is 37 and managed to somehow get a 3-year deal!! It's too bad Yanic didn't get to the ISles before they had spent their money


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