ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks on Monday signed star wing Corey Perry to an eight-year, $69 million contract extension that comes on the heels of the $66 million deal the team gave captain and center Ryan Getzlaf this month.
Perry, calling the signing "a major relief," said Getzlaf's commitment March 8 and the team's success this season were major factors in his decision.
"A lot of guys in that dressing room will be here for a long time; this is a team that can contend every year," Perry said during Monday's second intermission in the Ducks' game against San Jose.
Perry, 27, has nine goals and 15 assists through 25 games this season. He was the NHL's Hart Trophy winner -- most valuable player -- in 2010-11, when he scored 50 goals with 48 assists.
Ducks General Manager Bob Murray called Monday "a huge day," noting team owners Henry and Susan Samueli made "a huge commitment. ... We said all along it was our priority. I'm very happy to get two elite players, two winners. ... It gives us something to build around and win a Stanley Cup."
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