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Anaheim re-signs Getzlaf: Eight years, $66 million

Mar 8, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

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The Ducks have locked up their captain through 2021.

That was the word out of Anaheim on Friday as the club announced it had agreed to an eight-year extension — the maximum contract length under the new CBA — with Ryan Getzlaf.

Getzlaf will be paid a whopping $66 million over the course of the deal, with an average annual cap hit of $8.25 million.

It represents a tie for the NHL’s fourth-largest cap hit (with Eric Staal), behind only Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.

More contract details: 1) It contains a no-movement clause that kicks in immediately. 2) The most salary he’ll earn in one season is $9.25 million. 3) There’s a $3 million signing bonus in the last year of the deal.

“We are very happy to have Ryan committed to this franchise long-term,” said Ducks GM Bob Murray. “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.”

Getzlaf, 27, won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007 and inherited the team captaincy from Scott Niedermayer in 2010.

He currently leads the Ducks in scoring, with 27 points in 22 games, and sits tied for ninth overall in the league.

His signing is huge news for both the Anaheim organization and the rest of the NHL. All eyes were on Orange County this season as the Ducks faced huge decisions with a pair of UFAs — Getzlaf, and running mate Corey Perry.

In 2008, the two signed matching five-year, $26.25 million deals and it could be argued that Perry’s of equal value — if not more — than Getzlaf.

Perry’s emerged as one of the NHL’s premier goalscorers over the last two years, racing up 87 all told while capturing both the Maurice Richard and Hart Trophies in 2010-11.

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  1. sjsharks66 - Mar 8, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Wow! Thats a long time. Not bad on the price though. Just hope he keeps producing and does not slow down in about 4 years. Great signing though.

    • withseidelinn - Mar 8, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      Not bad on the price? hahah what…

      • grimlock410 - Mar 8, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        Do you have any idea what having a 6’4” center that hits, plays great D, can score’ soft hands and has elite vision does for a team. If the options are over pay a little or lose a top tier two way center ill take over pay 10/10.

  2. mehetmet - Mar 8, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    I’m guessing they aren’t getting matching contracts again right?

  3. pone27 - Mar 8, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Price is very high, but he really is one of the top centers in the NHL. He really stays under the radar, but if Anaheim didnt do that deal, he easily would have caught 7-8 mil on the open market.

    Good move for the Ducks, but this surely means Bobby and Corey could be on their way out.

    • tfaltin - Mar 8, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      I think the “and” should be an “or.” If the Pens can afford two players with higher cap hits, than the Ducks should be able to retain Perry as well. Ryan will likely hit the trade market intensely when his deal expires. I’d imagine a team on the cusp would fork over a nice crop of prospects/picks.

      • tfaltin - Mar 8, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        Then*. If-then statement.

  4. bmscalise - Mar 8, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Anaheim did what it had to do. But it sure makes me love Sid even more for signing at a cap hit of only about $500,000 more than Getzlaf. I can’t fathom what Sid’s market value would have been: dude just wants to win.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 8, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      As much as Sid wants to win, a huge part of it is just because he’s a little bit (a lot) crazy. He signs his deals so he has a 8.7 million cap hit since 87 is his lucky number. Damn his parents for not having him in on January 1st!

  5. bcisleman - Mar 8, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    ANA will likely wait til Draft Day and move Perry for a young NHL PF or a soon to be ready NHL PF prospect plus plus plus.

    • bcisleman - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      A lot of people gave a thumbs down, but NO ONE justified it. Folks, the REASON Perry will likely go is ANA won’t be able to afford him. They will want a younger cheaper player who can grow into his role and who will not be as expensive plus other assets. That would seem pretty obvious. The likely trading partner will have loads of cap space and assets, picks and prospects.

      • withseidelinn - Mar 8, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        I completely agree with you, it is probably mostly Ducks fans who don’t want to see Perry go. Understandably so, I wouldn’t want to see him leave if he played for my team either. The best they can do with this situation now is what you mentioned above. If they can pull off a successful trade where they recieve a high pick and a very good prospect plus a few other assets, Ducks management will have dealt with this tricky situation in the best way possible.

      • jl9830 - Mar 8, 2013 at 8:52 PM

        People are downvoting it because who would give up a young NHL PF for a free agent? Nobody.

  6. btlpper68 - Mar 8, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Well Perry’s out

    • hockeydon10 - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Not necessarily. Remember when those trade rumors started about Bobby Ryan? You guys could potentially keep Getzlaf and Perry, just not all three of the RPG line.

    • 19to77 - Mar 8, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      Nope. Ryan is, unless Perry goes for free agency. They’ll have to move one for cap space, but considering they’re nearly the same cap hit right now, they’ll keep the better of the two and the one who best compliments Getzlaf – that’s Perry.

    • tdrusher225 - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      I guess they picked the right one then

  7. dbarnes79 - Mar 8, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    When you have a true number 1 center you have to lock him up.

  8. bagjr387 - Mar 8, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    While a team would never let this guy walk…you gotta wonder what happens with a lower salary cap next season. They may not have room for a good player or two?

  9. thehighcountrybear - Mar 8, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Now he can afford to buy the other half of Saskatchewan…

  10. mclovinhockey - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Good work captain duck

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