The Anaheim Ducks have set the market for re-signing elite forwards.
After re-upping Ryan Getzlaf to an eight-year, $66 million deal, the team retained Corey Perry with an eight-year, $69 million contract. Perry, like Getzlaf, got no-movement language in that contract.
His deal creates an annual cap hit of $8.625 million. That becomes the new goal for other high-end forwards who come due for a new deal.
The eight-year term is the maximum term teams can offer their own players to under the new collective bargaining agreement. The maximum length teams free agents can get from a new team is seven years.
Had the Ducks been unable to re-sign Perry, general manager Bob Murray might have shopped his rights around the league before the NHL trade deadline.
“It’s definitely a weight lifted off your shoulders,” Perry said. “I don’t have to hear about trade rumors.”
Perry and Getzlaf are close friends. So when the team extended Getzlaf’s contract, Perry wanted to follow suit.
“I’m happy it’s over and done with,” Perry said. “It was a huge factor that he stayed. We’re great friends. When something like that happens, it definitely helps.
“You look around the room, there’s a lot of guys in that dressing room that are going to be here for a long time. I think we’ve got the team that can definitely contend every year.”