Ducks give Kesler six-year extension worth $41.25 million

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The Anaheim Ducks have signed center Ryan Kesler to a six-year contract extension worth a reported $41.25 million, the club announced today.

That means Kesler, 30, will have a cap hit of $6.875 million starting in 2016-17 and through 2021-22. He still has one year left on his current deal, with a cap hit of $5 million.

Kesler had 20 goals and 27 assists last season with the Ducks, his first in Anaheim after being traded there from Vancouver. A former Selke Trophy winner, he added seven goals and six assists in 16 playoff games.

The Ducks are gambling that Kesler, a veteran of 736 NHL games, can maintain his level of play, along with fellow 30-year-old forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, each of whom are signed through 2020-21 for a combined cap hit of almost $17 million.

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