The idea of returning near his Canadian home to play for the
All things considered, including the Maple Leafs' firing of coach Randy Carlyle earlier this month, Perry is entirely pleased with his decision to remain with the
"There's all kinds of stuff that went into it," Perry said of his March 2013 choice to sign an eight-year contract extension with the Ducks for $69 million. "It would've been nice to go home and play in front of family and friends every night, but on the other side of things, you have to think about your life and how you want to live it."
Perry's family home, in London, Ontario, is about a two-hour drive from Toronto.
"This," he said of Orange County, "is the place where I wanted to stay, to live."
Perry, 29, is in the second season of his contract. He scored a team-best 43 goals last season and was off to a torrid start in this one — 11 goals in 13 games — before getting derailed by mumps and a sprained knee. But despite the Ducks' many personnel setbacks this season, they never lost their grip on first place in the
"Everything's going in the right direction with this organization," Perry said. "There's a lot of depth here and it definitely weighed in on what was going on."
Matt Beleskey's usual spot on the Ducks' second line, next to center
Beleskey, with a team-best 17 goals, has been moved to the checking fourth line alongside center
"When I'm playing well, [Ducks Coach]
Line changes, Boudreau said, are often based on "how you're playing. If you're not playing up to snuff, you get moved down the ladder."
Anaheim set an
Given Toronto's upheaval, this might look like the spot for the Ducks to win a game by more, but the Maple Leafs have outscored the Ducks by a combined 13-5 in three consecutive victories during the past two seasons.
"They're a quick-strike team, very good off the rush," Boudreau said. "You give 'em one good opportunity, they put it in. We've got to show ourselves better."
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