Anaheim, CA – The news broke just pas midday on the east coast. The Anaheim Ducks and their captain Ryan Getzlaf have agreed to an eight-year contract extension worth $66 million. The extension last through the 2020-2021 season.
Before the lockout there was a six-year deal reportedly on the table between the two sides. The deal was almost completed, but then due to the complications of the lockout the deal was put on hold. There have been a couple of small rumors since the lockout ended that the two sides were close to a deal. Well, now we know! Here’s General Manager Bob Murray on the deal:
“We are very happy to have Ryan committed to this franchise long-term. 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 that’s hard to find. This is a great day for the Ducks.”
Here’s Getzlaf on signing this extension:
“I’m extremely thankful to the Samuelis, Michael Schulman, Bob Murray and the entire Ducks organization for the opportunity to remain in Anaheim for the long-term. This is a wonderful day for my family, as Anaheim has become our home. The fans here have treated me very well, and I look forward to being part of a winning hockey team and contributing to the Orange County community for years to come.”
It is pretty obvious now that if Getzlaf maintains his pace (146 G, 353 A, 499 P in 534 GP) he is going to go down as one of the all-time greats to play for this franchise. Now the question remains: what about the rest of the ‘Big Three’?
We all remember the Bobby Ryan rumors from last season and then the fiasco that happened on the day of the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. An interview with Ryan where he stated he doesn’t feel like…..well, let’s not get into all that again. For now, Bobby and management are committed to each other. It was always expected that if either Getzlaf or Corey Perry were to be traded, it would be Perry to go. This only solidifies that expectation. Perry told reports today that “he’s not committing to anything and will wait to see what happens” at this moment. When it comes to resigning with the Ducks in the offseason, “it helps” that Getzlaf is staying. However, the question still remains. What’s going to happen to Corey Perry, now?