Keys to the offseason: Ducks

Corey Perry did not produce to a level commensurate with his salary. Is it time for the Ducks to consider a trade? Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire

The Anaheim Ducks were the last hope for the old guard in the Western Conference. With the Los Angeles Kings falling short of the playoffs, while the San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks got knocked out early, the baton was passed to the Ducks to be the last of the old standbys to make a run.

But they just couldn’t quite get there, losing in the Western Conference finals to the Nashville Predators, setting up what should be one of the most fascinating offseasons in the NHL, headed by GM Bob Murray. Here’s where he should focus:

1. Trade Corey Perry