The Anaheim Ducks have locked up former Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry on a new eight-year deal, the team announced Monday. According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, the deal is worth $69 million with an $8.625 million cap hit.
Anaheim also re-signed team captain Ryan Getzlaf to an eight-year deal at $66 million and an annual cap hit at $8.25 million just 10 days ago.
“We are excited that Corey has committed to us for the next eight years,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray in a team release. “Similar to the case with Ryan Getzlaf, Corey wanted to stay in Anaheim and be part of our organization long term. He is an exceptional player who competes with heart and soul and has won at every level.”
“Staying in Anaheim has always been my first choice,” said Perry in the release. “This is a great place to play, and I'm very grateful to have the opportunity to remain here.”
Anaheim will have to deal with just two players taking up nearly $17 million in cap space starting next season, when the ceiling dips to $64.3 million. However, the long-term stability with two all-stars who are still just 27 years old should make it all worth while.
Getting Perry locked up will also calm trade rumors and limit distractions for a team that is currently rolling with a 21-3-4 record, good for second in the Western Conference.
Perry has been with Anaheim the entirety of his eight-year NHL career. He has 453 points in 555 career games. During his Hart Trophy season in 2010-11, Perry scored 50 goals and 98 points.