The Ducks have agreed to terms with right wing Corey Perry on an eight-year contract extension. Perry, a 2007 Stanley Cup champion and 2010 Olympic gold medalist, is now under contract with the Ducks through the 2020-21 NHL season.
“We are excited that Corey has committed to us for the next eight years,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray.“Corey wanted to stay in Anaheim and be part of our organization long term. He is an exceptional player who competes with heart and soul and has won at every level..."
While no financial details of the deal were revealed by the Ducks, TSN's hockey insider Darren Dreger posted on Twitter that Perry will earn close to $70 million in his new eight-year deal.
$69 mill over 8 years is a big number, but Perry would have fetched more as a free agent. Good deal for team and player.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 19, 2013
Though, as Dreger points out, that figure is still quite a good deal for the Ducks given how much Perry would likely have fetched on the free-agent market.
Considering how significant the star forward has been to the franchise over the past few years, it's hard to not see this as a good move by the Ducks.
Since winning the 2010-11 Hart Trophy, the National Hockey League's Most Valuable Player award, Perry has continued to become the go-to guy for the Ducks. He has netted 96 goals since the 2010-11 season—the second-most out of any player in that time.
This season, Perry has netted just nine goals and 15 assists but is tied for second in the league for game-winning goals. He has been crucial in the Ducks' charge to the top of the Western Conference's Pacific Division. According to comments that the forward made via the club's official website, the 27-year-old is keen to continue his dominance in Anaheim for many years to come.
Staying in Anaheim has always been my first choice. This is a great place to play, and I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to remain here.
I want to thank to the Samuelis and the entire Ducks organization for their belief in me. I’m pleased to have this done so our focus can remain on our ultimate goal—bringing another Stanley Cup to Orange County.
Having already totaled some very impressive statistics in his time with the Ducks, another eight years could very well see Perry become one of the franchise's greatest players ever.
In his eight seasons, the 27-year-old has totaled 453 points and won a Stanley Cup with the franchise. Moreover, Perry currently ranks fourth among all-time franchise scoring, third in goals, game-winning goals and power-play goals and fifth in assists.
Now, with another eight years to come with the Ducks, Perry could become a genuine legend in Anaheim should he continue that form.
Not only that, but with the form that he and Anaheim have shown this year, he could also lead this team to further postseason success in that time.
After all, a lot can happen in just eight years, as Perry's career so far attests to.
Can Corey Perry lead the Ducks to another Stanley Cup in eight years?
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