Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf has signed an eight-year, 66-million contract extension, the Ducks announced Friday.
Getzlaf, 27, is enjoying a strong comeback season and leads the team in scoring. He would have been a prime free agent after this season.
"We are very happy to have Ryan committed to this franchise long-term, Ducks Executive Vice PresidentGeneral Manager Bob Murray said in a statement. He has often expressed his interest to stay in Anaheim for his entire career, a goal we share. He is a leader, a proven winner, and possesses a skill set thats hard to find. This is a great day for the Ducks.
As L.A. Times columnist Helene Elliott wrote, "Where Getzlaf was sloppy defensively last season, he's diligent and has earned his plus-10 defensive rating. Where he was emotionally detached except when he took bad penalties he's fiery but controlled. Where he couldn't buy a goal, he's producing. He has six goals and 18 points in his last 11 games and stands among the NHL leaders wit...