Captain, oh captain! Ryan Getzlaf has signed an eight-year contract extension that will see him in an Anaheim jersey through the 2020-2021 season
The $66 million contract breaks down to $6.5M next year then $8.75M, $9.25M, $9.25M, $9.025M, $8.95M, $8.275M and $6M.
“We are very happy to have Ryan committed to this franchise long-term,” said 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.”
Ducks fans are equally happy and breathing a partial sigh of relief. No one wanted to see Getzlaf test free agency at the end of the year, or worse, be traded before the deadline.
Getzlaf, 27, was a first round draft pick by the Ducks in 2003 and has appeared in 534 career NHL games with the Ducks, scoring 146-353=499 points with a +77 rating and 504 penalty minutes (PIM). He was named the eighth captain in Ducks history on Oct. 3, 2010.
“I’m extremely thankful to the Samuelis, Michael Schulman, Bob Murray and the entire Ducks organization for the opportunity to remain in Anaheim for the long-term,” said Getzlaf. “This is a wonderful day for my family, as Anaheim has become our home. The fans here have treated me very well, and I look forward to being part of a winning hockey team and contributing to the Orange County community for years to come.”
One can only hope that Getzlaf's "twin," Corey Perry, will be the next signing. Perry, the Hart trophy MVP a couple seasons ago, is also up for a new contract. Perry was also a first round draft pick in 2003 and the two have been joined at the hip ever since within the Anaheim organization.
"When you find somebody to play with who has so much chemistry like Getzy and Perry, for me, it would be crazy to go somewhere else when you have almost everything you really need," observed Teemu Selanne. "You have a franchise who really wants to win, who treats players so well. You have an unbelievable hockey player to play with. I can see why this place could be a happy place for both of them for a long, long time. That’s not me. It’s up to them. But I’d like to see Corey Perry to do the same thing, but that’s only my opinion.”
Selanne's opinion would be well advised to follow.
“It’s nice to get it out of the way and we can worry about the important things in this season right now and pushing forward," said Getzlaf.
Like beating the Calgary Flames tonight.