Today the Vancouver Province is reporting speculation that a major deal could be in the works to send Corey Perry to the Canucks for a package including Cory Schneider, Keith Ballard, Mason Raymond and a draft pick. I'm not sure that the Ducks, or any NHL team for that matter, is interested in Keith Ballard at $4.2M for 3 more seasons. A player who is that turnover and mistake prone is a risk for any team, even if he shows flashes of quality play. If the Ducks are even willing to ship Perry to Vancouver (which they might not be), they would almost certainly demand Cody Hodgson be included in the deal. Clearly Schneider and Raymond are being shopped, but they are not good enough to acquire the league MVP. Both of them are restricted free agents at the end of the season and need to be re-signed.
Cody Hodgson has been playing great as of late, leading the team in scoring for the month of January. Mason Raymond has been average at best. Schneider has value, as he is ready to be a starter and it looks like he's going to be a solid goaltender in this league for many years to come. There are likely negotiations taking place between Vancouver and Anaheim for a trade. They have a history of making deals and I'm sure Canucks GM Gillis is talking to every team that's selling before the deadline. Whether or not Corey Perry is included in a potential deal is just speculation at this point, but rest assured it will cost more than the rumoured deal in today's newspaper.