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Anaheim Ducks Make Right Move With Corey Perry

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Anaheim Ducks have been one of the best teams in the entire NHL this season and if it wasn’t for the Chicago Blackhawks‘ hot start, the league would be talking about Anaheim.

The Ducks pulled off the near-impossible on Monday when they signed Corey Perry to an eight-year extension worth $69 million. That contract came on the heels of the team signing Ryan Getzlaf to a very similar deal for eight years. It is obvious that the team to beat in the Western Conference for years to come is going to be the Ducks.

There has to be a ton of credit given to Anaheim owner Henry Samueli for opening his checkbook to get this done, because there is a very significant financial commitment being made to both Perry and Getzlaf. Perry is still sitting out with his four-game suspension until Wednesday, when the Ducks play the Blackhawks in Anaheim.

Perry is more than deserving on the big contract, as he has averaged nearly a point a game this season, and is close to that number for his career. Perry is only 27-years old as well, and this contract will lock him up well into his 30s for the Ducks.

It is too bad that Perry will miss the game against Chicago, but this contract is going to benefit both Perry and the Ducks over the next decade as Anaheim makes a serious run at becoming a dynasty in the NHL.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.