The Anaheim Ducks just locked up Corey Perry to an eight-year contract extension.
Update: it turns out he’s getting a bit more than Getzlaf. Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reports that the deal totals $69 million over eight years, $3 million more than Getzlaf’s.
It also includes a no-movement clause, according to HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman.
With that contract inked, the vaunted Perry-Getzlaf duo will carry a combined $16.9 million cap hit between them starting in 2013-14. Those deals are set to expire in 2020-21.
This contract will cover the remainder of Perry’s prime. At 27 years old, he’s still a difference maker (at least when he’s not suspended).
Ducks management now faces some tough questions about the rest of their financial structure, as they’ll have about $53 million committed to 16 players next season. It’s likely that will force the team to part ways with a key player or two, but it’s clear that Getzlaf and Perry remain the core of one of the NHL’s biggest surprise squads.
Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.
We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.
It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”
Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)
Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.
So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”
… You get the idea.
The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.
The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.
Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.
It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.
The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.
As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.
Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?
The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.
This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.