While the Sens would not say so publicly, Corey Perry was definitely on their radar both on the trade front as well as via free agency this summer. Whether or not they would pay the price necessary when push came to shove was another story but they were definitely keeping a close eye on the situation out West.
Perry was considered to be one of the bigger names potentially available via trade before the deadline and certainly one of the more prominent names set to hit the open market.
This move will certainly take some of the excitement out of deadline day a couple weeks from now
With the Ducks playing as well as they have this season, it was damn near impossible for the Ducks to move either one of their stars which is why signing them became their focus.