Corey Perry signs 8-year extension with Ducks
Anaheim, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Anaheim Ducks have signed Corey Perry to an eight-year, $69 million extension, eliminating all the trade speculations.
The deal also guarantees he and Ryan Getzlaf will be around not only to continue the Ducks’ strong start, but to play for them for years to come.
Both are under contract through the 2020-21 season.
“Similar to the case with Ryan Getzlaf, Corey wanted to stay in Anaheim and be part of our organization long-term,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said. “He is an exceptional player who competes with heart and soul and has won at every level.”
Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf have been closely connected since being taken in the first round by the Anaheim Ducks in 2003.
They joined the league together in 2005-06, were productive linemates during the Ducks’ 2007 Stanley Cup run, signed equal five-year extensions before the 2008-09 season and remain linemates to this day.
So when Getzlaf signed an eight-year extension on March 8, it didn’t take long for Perry to follow suit.
“He’s an elite centerman, for sure,” Perry said of Getzlaf. “That was a big factor in my decision, with him staying here and knowing that I could play with him for pretty much the rest of our career.”
Getzlaf’s deal is for $66 million, but Perry has the pedigree of a Hart Trophy in 2010-11 as a 50-goal scorer.
The Ducks now will have $16.875 million in cap hit tied up in two players in a year that the cap drops to $64.5 million,
but both have been big contributors to the Ducks’ 21-3-4 start. Getzlaf has 33 points and Perry is second on the team with 24.
Perry has served the third of a four-game suspension for an illegal hit on Minnesota’s Jason Zucker.