It's finally official folks, Ryan Getzlaf will remain an Anaheim Duck until the 2020-2021 season. (We should have flying cars by then.)
The captain signed a maximum contract extension as allowed under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Because the Ducks were the team who drafted Getzy, he was allowed a maximum eight year deal, instead of seven offered by another team.
As for the dough, here's Bob McKenzie from TSN:
Eight years with AAV of $8.25M for Ryan Getzlaf with ANA.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 8, 2013
In total, Getz will receive $66 million. Not bad considering the only other players to make an AAV over $8M go by the names of Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Eric Staal.
After having his career worst year, the 27 year old center has made a complete 180 degree change to start this season. He leads the team in goals with 9, 18 assists, 27 points. He is plus-10 and carries only 12 penalty minutes.
We'll post more info as we get it; however, can't say this is exactly surprising. Getz has said he wants to stay in Anaheim for a while now.
Start the Corey Perry debate...wait for it...waiiiit for it...NOW!
Update: Perry's comments to press.
Perry said Getzlaf being here long term could be a factor but decision won't be made on that.— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) March 8, 2013
Perry: "It’s an exciting time for him. Obviously I’m pretty happy for him. I think everybody’s pretty happy in this dressing room for him."— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) March 8, 2013
More Perry: "Getzy and I have talked a bunch of times. I'm not going to sit here and say yes or no. (1/2)— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) March 8, 2013
(cont) It’s one of those things where I’ll wait and see what happens. I'm not going to change my answer just because he signed." (2/2)— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) March 8, 2013