From the breaking news department, Ryan Getzlaf has signed an 8-year contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks according to Eric Stephens, the beat writer for the Orange County Register via Twitter. The deal, worth $66 million will pay Getlzaf an average of $8.25 million per season will keep the 27-year old in Anaheim through the 2020-21 season.
The Ducks were faced with the difficult decision of resigning Getzlaf or possibly dealing him away. With the news of the Getzlaf signing, this means that Corey Perry is likely nearing an end with the Ducks. Both Getzlaf and Perry were both set to become unrestricted free agents this summer and the debate was on as to which one would go and which would stay.
The latest report had Perry as the one who would be moved at this year’s trade deadline as it was unlikely the Ducks could afford to keep both. It’s now clear which one is staying.
With the annual salary set north of $8 million it’s all but a sure thing Perry will be dealt by the Ducks. Some speculate that Perry himself could land an annual salary of $8 million or more on the open market and that Anaheim would be foolish not to trade him now and get something in return versus losing him for nothing.
Despite Perry likely being the odd man out, he has to be grinning knowing that his good buddy Getzlaf just set the bar for what his free-agency asking price will be.