It shouldn’t come as a surprise to many that the Anaheim Ducks signed their captain Ryan Getzlaf to an 8-year contract extension worth $66 million that’ll see him make an annual salary of $8.25 MM. A lot of media personnel felt that the Ducks would sign Getzlaf and look at trading Corey Perry, knowing that they likely can’t afford to keep both.
Because the Ducks opened up their wallets and dished out a hefty payday to Getzlaf, it has now set the bar for Perry who many believe will enter free agency regardless of where he finishes this season. While he could be traded and tried offered an extension from his new club, the reaction on Twitter from the Getzlaf signing is that Perry will all but test the water’s of free agency to extract as much money as possible from an eager investor.
James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail suggests that a trade and sign could be a possibility before this year’s trade deadline. That way Perry would get that eighth year that the new CBA doesn’t allow free agents to have.
Interesting possibility with Perry could be sign and trade scenario like we see in NBA. Could get eight instead of seven year deal that way.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) March 8, 2013
But Perry isn’t the only player who could benefit from Getzlaf’s new contract. Other players that have been named since the breaking news on Friday included the Maple Leafs, Tyler Bozak, Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks and possibly Evgeni Malkin.
First, let’s start with Bozak. Set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, Bozak is a far cry from the talent that Getzlaf is. But, Kevin McGran from the Toronto Star suggests that Bozak could benefit from the the Ducks’ captain’s new deal, sandwhiched by Mikael Grabovski’s deal with the Leafs.
Betting #Leafs pending UFA Tyler Bozak gets $ somewhere between Getzlaf ($8.25m) and Grabovski ($5.5m).
— Kevin McGran (@kevin_mcgran) March 8, 2013
Rob Rossi from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review looks at Evgeni Malkin and the fact that he could be extended this summer. Rossi throws out a number of 8-years for $80 million. If I had to choose between Malkin and Getzlaf, I’m taking Malkin. While he could be the better player, again Getzlaf’s new deal could have an impact on how the Pens are forced to pay a player like Geno.
— Rob Rossi (@RobRossi_Trib) March 8, 2013
If discussing the future contracts of superstars and how they’ll be paid after Getzlaf cashed in, you can’t forget about Jonathan Toews, the captain of the Hawks. While his contract isn’t up until after the 2014-15 season, Toews will surely be in for a healthy raise from his $6.5 million he’s set to earn in his last year. Again, comparing Getzlaf to Toews is a close call, but the Ducks may have secure Toews a new salary north of $8 million in a couple year’s time.
There is sure to be more reaction and fallout from the Getzlaf signing and as they continue to come out, we’ll keep you posted right here at Too Many Men.