The Anaheim Ducks have locked up star winger Corey Perry to an 8 year, $69 million contract, officially taking him off the trade market. “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 released statement. “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.” The buzz around the league for months had been that Perry had his sights set on testing the open market and possibly moving closer to home, but that wasn’t the case, and testing free agency would have eliminated the possibility for Perry to earn an 8 year contract. “Staying in Anaheim has always been my first choice,” said Perry. “This is aRead More »
COREY PERRY RUMORS Ryan Getzlaf yesterday agreed to an 8 year, $66 million extension with the Anaheim Ducks and Getzlaf was always expected to be the easier sign than Corey Perry whose future in Anaheim is up in the air. Getzlaf is one of the premier two-way centermen in the game, but he clearly didn’t give the Ducks a hometown discount. His AAV of $8.25 million is on track to be the fourth highest cap hit in the NHL next season. The Getzlaf signing now puts all eyes on star winger Corey Perry.
NHL RUMOR SUNDAY The Atlantic Division could see some big names being moved by the April 3rd trade deadline or this summer. Marian Gaborik tops the list as the New York Rangers are shopping the star winger for a top flight center, NHL sources say. Sources indicate GM Glen Sather remains infatuated with trying to acquire Sharks center Joe Thornton but the buzz is this type of deal would be more likely to happen during the summer than before the trade deadline. Those around the league say the Rangers shopping Gaborik in the “right deal” is a sign that John Tortorella’s seat isn’t even warm as Tortorella is regarded as growing tired of Gaborik and a likely driving force to the Rangers at least exploring potential trade options for Gaborik. Meanwhile, struggling center Brad Richards is suddenly becoming a hot topic in league circles. In the second year of a 9 year,Read More »