Ryan Getzlaf, the captain of the Anaheim Ducks, is going to be a big part of the team for the better part of the next decade. The club re-signed him today for eight years and though club policy is to not discuss finances, that doesn’t mean outside sources like Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun can’t mention the numbers.
Specifically, it’s eight years at $66 million total, which is an average annual value of $8.25 million.
Getzlaf has never played anywhere but in the Anaheim system professionally since he was drafted in 2003 as part of what may be one of the best draft classes of all time. He was voted in as captain in 2010-11 after serving as an alternate alongside Chris Pronger since the 2008-09 campaign. He has 27 points–nine goals and 18 assists–in 22 games for the Ducks so far this season. In fact, he’s on a scoring streak right now when it comes to playing inside the Honda Center: he’s scored in the past eight home games.
Last time Getzlaf signed a contract extension, in November 2007, he responded by having an 82-point season to lead the team in scoring and went to the All-Star Game. Obviously, there won’t be an All-Star Game until 2015 because of the Olympics, but if the NHL consents to let players go to Sochi 2014 (which, by the way, they really should decide to do already since time’s a-wastin’), he could possibly make the team again. He was part of the gold medal 2010 team and scored three goals and four assists in seven Olympic games played.
Of course, he was also part of the 2007 Stanley Cup champion Ducks team and was a huge asset as they became the first Californian team to hoist Lord Stanley, putting up seven goals and 10 assists en route to the win. So, since late 2007, he’s continued to prove that he’s an important part of the team and deserving of a reward.
“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,” he said in a statement regarding the extension.
Now that he has a new extension, will he respond with the same sort of production as he did in 2007? On a related note, what will the team do about Corey Perry? He will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, as will Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne. Back in 2007, Perry got the exact same extension as Getzlaf–with the exact same length and monetary amount. Will the 2011 Rocket Richard and Hart Trophy winner get the same consideration this time around with Anaheim? Or could he try to test the waters of the free agency market? Only time will tell.