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Change of Scenery: Milan Lucic for… Corey Perry?

Over the next week, I’m going to take a deep dive into some of the bad contracts the Oilers could get back in a Milan Lucic dump swap.

The hot news around Edmonton right now is that the team is working on a divorce with Lucic and his albatross contract. The Oilers want to move on, Lucic wants to move on, it seems inevitable. Of course, the Oilers are going to have to take another bad contract in return. This is a getting the best of a bad situation, change-of-scenery type thing for ugly contracts who could potentially be useful in a new environment.

The idea of Corey Perry in an Oilers uniform is partially disturbing and partially hilarious and partially, well, sort of interesting. Perry is already a largely disliked player around the league for his style of play on the ice…

…but he became even more infamous in Edmonton because of the goalie interference call that went his way.

You’ll surely remember this whole thing…

“My only thing: What do I say to Corey? I tell him to stay out of the blue, which he does. And I don’t think it’s a deliberate act. It’s skate-on-skate.”

*Pause*

“Yeah, Danny (fellow ref Dan O’Halloran) agrees with me as a goal. So we’re all good.”

*Another pause*

“OK, so we got a goal on the ice. OK, thank you.”

Perry also did this in the series…

… I’m not forcing you to press play.

What’s Corey Perry all about?

Perry and Ryan Getzlaf used to be one of the best duos in the NHL. I can vividly remember back during the darkest years of the Decade of Darkness when the two of them would completely dominate some very, very bad Oilers clubs. Over the past couple years, though, Perry has sort of fallen off a cliff. In 2016-17 and 2017-18, Perry has scored just 36 goals in 153 games. That’s a massive drop from the 30- and 40- goals seasons he was putting up consistently for nearly a decade before that.

Perry made an appearance on TSN’s recent Trade Bait List at No. 25. It doesn’t represent any certainty that Perry will be dealt, but there’s reason to assume the Ducks might be wanting to get out from under the winger’s $8,625,000 contract.

That $8,625,000 deal will go on for three more seasons. Perry just turned 33 years old and it’s difficult to say if he’ll ever rebound to being anywhere near the elite scoring power forward he once was. At this point, it seems very unlikely.

Does a Lucic swap make sense?

Lucic, as we know, is signed for five more years at $6,000,000. He’s 30 years old, so a few years younger than Perry, but his decline has been steeper. Lucic scored 23 goals in 2016-17, more than Perry did, but then imploded in 2017-18, scoring just 10 goals. Was 2017-18 an anomaly? Could he bounce back and be a solid contributor with a change of scenery on a different team? It’s difficult to say.

So, does this make sense? From Edmonton’s perspective, the team would be getting a salary cap increase over the next three years of $2,625,000 switching from Lucic to Perry, but they would also be getting savings on the next two years after that of $6,000,000 after Perry’s deal expires.

From an objective standpoint, Perry is an interesting fit on the Oilers because the team badly needs right wingers who can score goals. While he did only score 17 goals last season, I think he’s more likely to contribute on this team right now than Lucic is based on his skill set and style of play.

What say you, Nation? Would you make a Lucic for Perry swap? If not, who says no — Anaheim or Edmonton? 

  • LordRuggles

    Sad that it comes to this, and I really hope ChiaPete puts his thinking cap on for this task.
    Lucic played decently in the first half of the season, he can still contribute, so what if, instead of taking back some garbage contract like Perry or Ladd, what if we retain 1/2 of Looch’s salary? If he could get back to 40-50 point winger, at $3 million, not a terrible burden for a team. You would think someone would be willing to flip a prospect and or a pick for that? And we would still have the other half of Lucic’s cap hit at our disposal to sign more unproven goalies from the KHL!
    Make it so!

  • Danoilerfanincalgary

    Lucic is legitimately tough and everyone knows it , that is why he is seldom challenged and that makes our team a little braver. Please do not trade for someone like Perry he is a weasel and a snake and refs are evening the score with him no thanks.

  • toprightcorner

    “Lucic decline has been steeper” – He had 1 bad year, we don’t know what his decline is until he plays this next season. Perry has had 3 consecutive bad years.

  • Fire Woodcroft!

    If Perry ends up on a plane coming into Edmonton then Chiarelli better be on the next plane going out.

    Why would someone put such a stupendously horrible idea into print? Don’t you know that the Oilers Management geniuses are desperately looking for ‘ideas’ to stick into their 2018 Plan folder? I just had a waking nightmare of the OBC sitting around saying ‘Yeah – that Perry kid is a good player… let’s sow him up with an extension and an NMC.’

    BARF

  • I remember when the Ducks swept the flames Perry started the play offs on the third line. That is not in Lucic’s game and is the most frustrating for me. By the time they played us he was top six and a pain in but. I agree he is a crazy risk at the money he is on but if he plays like he did against us for us then yes.