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Getzlaf says Ducks are his first option

Jan 18, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

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The Anaheim Ducks face a lofty challenge in re-signing both Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf after this season, but at least one of them hopes to stay in Orange County.

The OC Register’s Eric Stephens points out that Getzlaf told Vancouver media members that the Ducks are his “first option.” The team’s captain has made GM Bob Murray aware of his intentions for quite some time, too.

Both Getzlaf and Perry will be unrestricted free agents, and even with some enticing players such as Jarome Iginla possibly hitting the market, the two power forwards could make the first big splashes of the new CBA.

Much like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, the duo signed deals with identical cap hits – in their cases, for $5.325 million per year. It’s hard to imagine either player getting inked to a relatively cheap deal like that again; in fact, the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman would expect “enormous” money rolling their way:

You can argue who is better, but that’s irrelevant. It’s all about market forces. If everyone’s allowed to make an offer, the numbers will be enormous. Agents have argued — and some teams agree — that we’re going to have even more contracts in which players earn $10 million in a season. The possibility exists here.

The Ducks have generally been in the NHL’s middle class since transitioning from the Cup-contending days of Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer, so the duo’s affordability is a big question.

On the bright side, the franchise should enjoy solid wiggle room; they only have about $34.6 million committed to 13 players in 2013-14, with significant expiring contracts for Getzlaf, Perry, Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu among others.

Time will tell if they can keep Getzlaf in the mix, but he’s at least saying the right things about staying put.

  1. loinstache - Jan 18, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Not familiar with Anaheims prospects (other than the Schultz ordeal) but it seems they can kiss their middling status goodbye if they lose Selanne and Getzlaf or Perry… team is built on their offence.

  2. h0ckeycoach - Jan 18, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Getzlaf and Perry a sure handed offensive threats, and Selanne is probably in his last year. What sort of talent do they have in development?

  3. whiteqbs - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    But the Flyers is his dream job

    • bardown66 - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      With what cap space? They go after eery free agent, one I those style of deals will eventually set them back and cost the gm his job

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 18, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      I don’t think there’s anyway Holmgren would be in on these two guys if they hit free agency. Timonen’s $6+ mil is coming off the books this off-season and there’s the possibility Bryz’s almost $6mil will be gone (depending on his play), and Briere only has one year after this, so that’s a good amount of space. But Giroux will be getting a huge, new contract this season. And after that, the remaining cap space would be better spent on a defender/goalie and when players like Schenn and Couturier come up for new contracts. They can’t afford a free agent forward garnering $10mil/year.

  4. woodstakes - Jan 19, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    With the cap dropping next year, who is going to be able to even afford adding a guy with a $10M+ cap hit?? Much less having to try to keep both of them.

  5. DTF31 - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    I remember reading an article about how his wife is Mrs. Pronger 2.0. He isn’t going anywhere.

  6. broadstbully33 - Jan 19, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Hat else would he say? I’m leaving for Toronto in the offseason? I’m going to take the biggest paycheck available? The ducks are going to be bottom dwellers the next few seasons? I’m going where perry is going?

  7. broadstbully33 - Jan 19, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Briere may well be bought out just to be resigned at a much much lower cap hit. Tim is in last season. Bryz will be bought out if he has another season like last year. That’s almost 18 mill in cap right there. Then u add up Lilja Shelly and there is 2.4. But read couturier schenn and not mention the best player in the world all need new contracts in 1 or 2 years. And I would rather have schenn and couturier locked up first before the big spending on FA begins

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