Anaheim locked up RW Corey Perry for the next eight years. Image Credit: Debora Robinson, Gerry Images
In the matter of weeks, the Anaheim Ducks have locked two core players for the next eight years. Captain Ryan Getzlaf signed an eight-year, $66 million extension 10 days ago, and now Getzlaf’s linemate, right wing Corey Perry, has signed an identical contract.
Perry, the 28th pick in the 2003 Draft, won the 2011 Hart Trophy as league MVP after scoring 50 goals, and hasn’t scored fewer than 27 goals in a season since 2006-07. Perry, along with Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan, forms one of the most dynamic lines in the NHL. Together they account for 27 of Anaheim’s 90 goals this year. And now, with Perry locked up for the foreseeable future, the Ducks can focus on making a deep playoff run with their core intact and avoid any trade talk about Perry, whose contract was set to expire at the end of the season.
Anaheim is currently at the top of the Pacific Division and second in the Western Conference with 44 points.