Bargain Shopper Murph scores in salary dump

Posted: 09/29/2013 by bc in Uncategorized
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Ducks have announced the acquisition of center Mathieu Perreault from the cap challenged Washington Capitals in exchange for depth for non-roster forward John Mitchel and a 4th round selection in the 2014 draft.

With Ryan Getzlaf, Nick Bonino and Saku Koivu locked in, Perreault is likely penciled in as the Ducks new 4th line center. Obviously Ducks aren’t convinced that any of Daniel Winnick, Peter Holland or Rickard Rakell are the answer, at least for now.

The 5′ 10″, 185# Perreault has played 159 NHL games racking up 30g 37a 70pts +17 with 70 PIMS. Maybe most importantly he’s gone 50.8 and 51.7 in the faceoff circle in his first two full seasons in the NHL. He also has 11 playoff games under his belt, going 1-4 w/+3 in the Caps 7 Quarter Final loss to the Rangers last season.

Via Ducks News:

“Adding a young, quality center to the mix makes us that much deeper,” said Ducks executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray. “”I thought we needed some additional speed and scoring, and he is a feisty competitor. Having played under Bruce was also a factor in acquiring him, that’s another positive. He makes us a better team today.”

A native of Drummondville, Quebec, Perreault played three seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with Acadie-Bathurst from 2005-08. He won the Jean Beliveau Trophy as the league’s leading scorer in 2007-08 (34-80=114 in 65 games) and earned the Michel Briere Trophy as the league’s MVP in 2006-07 after scoring 41-78=119 points in 67 games.

Blog Summary: Perreault is a high energy player with some scoring upside. He could move up the depth chart upon Saku Koivu’s anticipated retirement. He brings an affordable $1.05m cap hit and will be RFA in 2014.

Cap impact: He brings an affordable $1.05m cap hit and will be RFA in 2014. The move leaves our Ducks with $1.8m in cap space per CapGeek. Any further acquisitions will probably involve a roster player going the other way.

In another player move, Nolan Yonkman was placed on waivers prior to sending him to Norfolk. Ducks have until 5:00pm tomorrow to finalize their opening night roster.

  1. yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

    Fantastic pickup! Perreault is a hustler and makes quick plays. He reminds me of Steve Sullivan when he played for the Leafs. I briefly reviewed Perreault stats and it is clear that this guy has not been given an opportunity to grow. He has yet to play a full season. And when he has played it has only been for 8 to 10 minutes.

    The good thing about this trade is BB understands what he is getting and he must feel Perreault can hopefully fill a void.

    Bob, great job circling the clearance section…

    • bc says:

      LOL & WB U. Agree for the most part. His production dipped from 1.5 pts per game in the QJMHL to .81 in the AHL and again to .44 after 159 games in the NHL. No question he’s a bonafide NHL player. So far at least, Perreault is a second six forward on the depth chart. Even if he starts on the 4th line, Perreault will get opportunities due to our depth at forward and if he stays healthy, due to injuries. He’s probably the leading contender for Koivu’s spot next year. He could be a late bloomer at the pro level. If the feisty and tenacious Perreault finds his scoring touch at the NHL level, he could even challenge Koivu for TOI and the role this year.

      Like Bargain-hunter Bob, Retired Hockey Mom can’t pass by the dollar bins at Kmart or Target without putting something in the cart. Perreault, Fistric and Yonkman evidence a sharp eye for value.

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