Corey Perry’s new deal means the Ducks have now wrapped up their two best players in Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. (Rob Grabowski/US Presswire)
By Allan Muir
The story started making the rounds just as I was leaving the Stars-Flames game tonight. Somehow, the Ducks defied the naysayers and signed Corey Perry to a long-term extension.
And here I was thinking the biggest news coming out of SoCal tonight would be Peter Murphy’s DUI arrest.
My first thought? What a coup this is for Anaheim GM Bob Murray. Instead of facing a major rebuild this summer, his franchise cornerstones are locked into place. Who thought that was possible at the beginning of this season?
Just two weeks after signing captain Ryan Getzlaf to an eight-year, $66 million deal, he gets Perry to agree to a very similar eight-year, $69 million pact. Call the extra $3 million the MVP bonus and everybody’s happy.
Happy and probably more than a little surprised. There were many folks around the league who believed that Getzlaf’s massive contract signaled the end of Perry’s tenure in Anaheim, either at the trade deadline or, to preserve the team’s Cup chances, this summer. Signing both would be prohibitively expensive, especially in light of the healthy decrease in next season’s salary cap.
But Murray did the math and determined that losing Perry would be even more costly, in terms of franchise prestige and the ability to compete at a high level moving forward. So he ponied up to the tune of $8.625 million per year for Perry on top of Getzlaf’s $8.25 million.
That’s a serious commitment.