As per NHL Network’s Kevin Weekes, the Anaheim Ducks are reportedly close to re-signing right wing Corey Perry.
Weekes claims the deal could be announced within hours, or later tonight. UPDATE: The Anaheim Ducks have officially announced Perry’s been re-signed to an eight-year deal. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perry’s linemate Ryan Getzlaf recently re-signed an eight-year, $66 million contract. One suspects Perry would get at least that much, though it’s likely to be more.
**UPDATE** ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports it’s a $69 million deal, worth a cap hit of $8.625 million per season
It’s been rumored for weeks Perry, who lives in Southern Ontario in the off-season, would prefer to move on to an Eastern Conference club as an unrestricted free agent this summer.
It’s understandable why the Ducks want to keep Perry, a former winner of the Hart and Richard trophies, who also helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2007, and would be key to a Cup run this season and in the future.
Re-signing Perry, however, will take a big chunk out of the Ducks cap space for next season. Currently, the Ducks have over $44.8 million invested in 15 players. Assuming Perry gets at least as much as Getzlaf, that would push payroll over $53 million for 16 players, leaving just over $10 million in cap space to fill out the rest of the roster.
That could provide fodder to speculation of a salary-dumping trade, with Bobby Ryan considered the likely candidate.