Former Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau apparently has all of his Ducks in a row. Not only are the Anaheim Ducks among the NHL’s hottest teams with a 14-1-3 record since Feb. 9, but they continue to take care of business off the ice as well.
Just ten days after the Ducks signed captain Ryan Getzlaf to an eight-year contract extension, the team announced Monday that 2011 NHL MVP Corey Perry has also agreed to an eight-year deal.
NHL Network broke the story Monday night that Perry signed an eight-year, $69 million deal with an average salary cap hit of $8.63 million per season.
“We are excited that Corey has committed to us for the next eight years,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said in a statement. “Similar to the case with Ryan Getzlaf, Corey wanted to stay in Anaheim and be part of our organization long term.”
Getzlaf and Perry are Anaheim’s top two leading scorers this season, leading the Ducks to a 21-3-4 record and a 12-point cushion atop the Pacific Division.
The longtime linemates have much in common having both been selected by Anaheim in the first round of the 2003 NHL Draft. They both made their NHL debuts in 2005 before sharing a Stanley Cup title in Anaheim in 2007 and an Olympic gold medal with Team Canada in 2010.
Now Getzlaf and Perry have something else in common- both players have signed long-term deals to remain in Southern California rather than test free agency on July 1.
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In addition to signing Getzlaf and Perry to long-term extensions in the past ten days, the Ducks also made a trade last Friday acquiring former Capitals center David Steckel in a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Steckel may be new to Anaheim, but the 31-year-old joins his fifth NHL organization with plenty of familiarity with the Ducks’ bench boss.
Steckel played for Boudreau with the Manchester Monarchs and Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League from 2004-07 and then with the Capitals from 2007-11.
“He comes highly recommended from Bruce,” Ducks GM Bob Murray said in a statement. “Face-offs have been something of a concern for us the last few seasons. Steckel is a tremendous face-off man and penalty killer, something that will really help our club."
Steckel saw limited ice-time in Toronto this season and had just one assist in 13 games. He was also a healthy scratch 15 times under Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle.
“It’s been a bit of a letdown,” Steckel told CSNWashington.com in February.
“It’s difficult but it’s also part of being a professional and hopefully I won’t have to worry about it too much in the future.”
Steckel has played a regular shift in each of his first his first two games in Anaheim and seen time on the Ducks’ penalty killing unit.
In Monday’s 5-3 win against the San Jose Sharks, Steckel had an assist and two shots on goal while skating a season-high 13:26 and winning 17-of-23 face-offs (the rest of the Ducks went a combined 18-17 in the face-off circle).