In recent weeks much of the buzz in the hockey world centred around the future of Ducks’ superstars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. It has been heavily rumoured that C Ryan Getzlaf would resign and RW Corey Perry was interested in testing free agency this summer.
Today, Getzlaf signed a deal with the Anaheim Ducks that will see him earn 66 million dollars over the next 8 seasons. Getzlaf’s point production over the last few seasons has not been that of an 8+ million dollar a year man, however, he has proven in the past that he can produce at an elite clip.
Getzlaf will earn an average of $8,250,000 a year with this new contract that will take him to the age of 35 years old.
The price may be considered high for a player who scored 11 goals last season but the risk of losing both him and Perry to free agency this summer is not an option for the Ducks who currently sit 2nd in the Western Conference standings with 35 points.
With Getzlaf signed the Ducks can now turn their attention to getting Corey Perry locked up long term. If the rumours are true and Perry does in fact want to hold off on signing a deal until he tests the open market on July 1st, the Ducks have a very difficult decision to make before the trade deadline.