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:
Perry agrees to eight-year, $69 M deal with Anaheim; $8.625 M AAV— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) March 19, 2013
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:
Multiple deciding factors: 1. Getzlaf signed, knowing who his C would be was huge for Perry. 2. Ducks much better this yr than expected.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 19, 2013
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.