Anaheim Ducks Sign Ryan Getzlaf to 8-Year, $66 Million Extension
CBC's Elliotte Friedman broke news of the deal's length on Twitter:
Ducks announce Getzlaf signs for eight years— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 8, 2013
Chris Johnston of Rogers Sportsnet and NHL Network indicated just how lucrative the contract is:
Ryan Getzlaf's eight-year extension with the #NHLDucks is worth $66M. Major money.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 8, 2013
The 27-year-old Getzlaf was the Ducks' No. 19 overall pick in the 2003 draft and has spent his entire NHL career with the franchise.
In his eighth season, Getzlaf is shining as brightly as ever after a lackluster 2011-12, notching nine goals and 18 assists for 27 points in just 22 games thus far. It won't be a full schedule due to the lockout, but he is on a stunning scoring pace.
Ducks general manager Bob Murray released a statement after the deal was completed (h/t CBC Sports):
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.
Did the Ducks make the right move in committing to Ryan Getzlaf long-term?
Getzlaf was a key contributor in his first full season with the Ducks during their Stanley Cup championship run in 2006-07, registering seven goals and 10 assists in 21 playoff contests.
At 6'4" and 224 pounds, there are few players who can effectively slow down Getzlaf when he gets a head of steam. He is a physical presence on both ends of the ice and is an exceptional defender to complement his offensive prowess.
If not for the Chicago Blackhawks' unprecedentedly hot start, the Ducks would be the talk of the Western Conference. They sit in second behind Chicago with 35 points, with Getzlaf driving a strong offense that has the best power-play percentage in the league and averages the third-most goals per game with 3.3.
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