Anaheim commits to Perry: Probably a bad move

Cam Charron
March 18 2013 09:59PM

Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, franchise players for the Anaheim Ducks, each turn 28 in May. According to research done by Gabe Desjardins, that probably means that they're at the end of their peak ages and out of their scoring primes. Ryan Getzlaf re-signed with the Ducks a couple of weeks ago, and tonight it was Corey Perry's term, via Real Pierre LeBrun:

That's an awful lot of money commit to two players on the wrong end of their careers. That's an awful lot of money commit to two players for a franchise that hasn't historically been a cap team. The Ducks haven't spent in the top half of the NHL since the 2009 season.

But this tweet from Bob McKenzie made me twitch a little:

Anybody who has followed our PDO charts from this season know that the Ducks' record is illusory. In the 2011 season, the Ducks made the playoffs despite being the 29th best possession team in the NHL. The next year, predictably, they were back in lottery contention.

The contract makes a lot of sense for Perry, and Getzlaf's also makes a lot of sense. By signing in Anaheim, he gets the maximize his payout since he can sign for 8 years instead of 7 if he were on the open market. For the Ducks, though, these are two contracts that could look awful bad awful fast, particularly if the expected slide for the Ducks begins sooner rather than later. They're the 25th best possession team in hockey this year, and it's not like this season we get a whole lot of sample size to judge the quality of a team based on wins and losses.

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Cam Charron is a BC hockey fan that writes about hockey on many different websites including this one.
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#1 KillerK
March 18 2013, 11:54PM
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Perry and Getzlaf are 27 years old

the ducks are almost 30 games over .500 since Boudreau took over.

Anaheim has a billionaire owner who wanted them there, they couldn't afford to lose these two players. period.

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#2 Ricky Simo
March 20 2013, 01:13PM
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@KillerK

It's funny how no one was making those comments about the commitment to Zetterberg/Franzen in Detroit, but here they are?

To me those were very long commitments to older players but they were able to structure in a way that diminished the risk. OK deals by Detroit.

Here you've got less than ideal timing but it could be much worse. In the end, this tandem is the core of the team, period. They have promising young guys and OK depth on the blue line organizationally, but no stars like Perry and Getzlaf. It's a decent drop off to their next biggest asset.

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#3 nanodummy
March 21 2013, 12:49AM
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With 17 million locked into these players, and Fowler and Ryan for another 9. Nearly half of of the cap in 4 players, none of whom are name Crosby or play goal. Yeesh.

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