Anaheim Ducks sign Corey Perry to contract extension

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The Anaheim Ducks have announced that they have agreed to an eight-year contract extension with Corey Perry worth $69 million.

Perry’s deal is the same length as the extension given to fellow Duck, Ryan Getzlaf, earlier this month. The eight-year deals are the maximum length a team can give under the new collective bargaining agreement. However, Perry is set to make $3 million more than Getzlaf over the contract.

The combined contracts for Perry and Getzlaf has the Ducks shelling out $139 million for just two players on their roster.

Perry was drafted 28th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the then Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He spent 19 games with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League before being called up to the NHL in 2005-06.

During his first full season with the Ducks in 2006-07, Perry tallied 44 points on 17 goals and 27 assists. Since that season, the forward has tallied more than 40 points in every season. His highest totals came during his NHL MVP season of 2011-12, when he managed to tally 98 points on 50 goals and 48 assists. His 50 goals earned him the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s top goal-scorer.

Getzlaf and Perry came into the NHL together and have skated on the same line in nearly every game during their careers. The two won the Stanley Cup together with the Ducks in 2007. Both are relieved to be able to skate with each other for potentially the rest of their careers.

The Ducks were smart in locking these two skaters up long term and showing the fans in California they want to compete, year in and year-out.

Justin Soderberg is a Boston Red Sox and NHL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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