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Ducks Get Their Man

Tuesday, 07.1.2008 / 12:43 PM PT / Features
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Ducks Get Their Man

Anaheim GM Brian Burke has signed Corey Perry to a five-year deal which runs through the 2012-13 season.
Anaheim Ducks General Manager Brian Burke was determined not to let Corey Perry get away as a restricted free agent this summer. Tuesday, Burke succeeded in getting Perry to agree on a five-year deal which runs through the 2012-13 season.

"Corey is one of the top young players in the NHL today," Burke said. "He's a true Duck, a hard-nosed goal-scorer who's difficult to play against."

Perry was happy to not only hear Burke's words, but to have the deal finally done to stay in Anaheim for the long-term future.

"It's pretty amazing and something special," Perry said. "Anaheim is home now and I didn't want to leave there. It's a great place to play hockey and it just shows how well that organization is run. You can't ask to play for a better organization than the Anaheim Ducks."

Signing Perry was one of the top priorities for Burke, who chose to buy out the remaining year on Todd Bertuzzi's deal to help create salary-cap space.

The 33-year-old Bertuzzi, who signed with the Ducks last offseason, missed 14 games with a concussion and finished with 14 goals and 40 points in 68 games.

Despite missing the final 12 games of the regular season with a right quadriceps laceration, Perry posted similar numbers in his third season with Anaheim, scoring 28 goals and 54 points. He finished with a plus-12 rating and 108 penalty minutes and established career highs in most offensive categories, including goals, points, plus/minus (plus-12), power-play goals (11), game-winning goals (4) and shots (200). During the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he had two goals and three points in three games.

Not surprisingly, Perry has done most of his damage riding shotgun with center Ryan Getzlaf. Perry and Getzlaf, who represent the Ducks' future, were teammates for the Western Conference at the All-Star Game. The pair has been linked since being selected together in the first round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, when Getzlaf was taken No. 19 by the Ducks and Perry was selected nine picks later.

The two were also linemates in 2004-05 with Portland, the Ducks' American Hockey League affiliate, and have remained together in the NHL.

"We have similar games but are different in certain ways and our styles complement each other," Getzlaf said back in March. "I believe our time together as teammates in Portland really brought us closer together and got that confidence going. We've been very productive since that time and we've really taken off as linemates."

Perry is often referred to as the Anaheim agitator, a role he certainly cherishes.

"There's always a time when you say to yourself, 'You have to play this way since it's working for you,' and for me, that meant taking the role as an agitator. It's how I stay involved in the game," Perry said.

Perry emphasized his desire to remain an Anaheim Duck back in January while participating in the 2008 NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta.

"I love being here in Anaheim and I want to remain here for the rest of my career," Perry told NHL.com at the time.

Perry helped Anaheim win the Stanley Cup in 2007, finishing tied for second in club history with 15 postseason points in 21 playoff games. Among all active NHL players aged 23 or younger, Perry (21 points), Getzlaf (29) and Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin (26) and Sidney Crosby (32) have at least 20 career playoff points.

Perry has collected 59 goals, 123 points and 213 penalty minutes with a plus-25 rating in 208 career NHL games with the Ducks. He has also appeared in 35 career playoffs games, collecting eight goals, 21 points and 61 penalty minutes.

Contact Mike Morreale at mmorreale@nhl.com.


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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07


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