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New Lease on Life

Corey Perry returned to Anaheim on Wednesday fresh off a new five-year contract and fully recovered from the serious injury he suffered last season

Thursday, 09.11.2008 / 7:00 PM / Features
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New Lease on Life

By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com

"There is obviously added pressure when you get a contract like that," Perry said. "You got to go out there, get in game shape right away, put up points early and don't stop."

The focal point of the Ducks’ offseason plans, Corey Perry emerged at Anaheim Ice on Thursday for the first since signing a lucrative five-year contract with the club.

Perry joined several Ducks teammates, including Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Kunitz and Scott Niedermayer among others, at the practice facility, his first time on the ice since returning to Orange County on Wednesday. Perry understands there will be heightened expectations on his play entering the new season, a challenge he is ready to take on. 

“There is obviously added pressure when you get a contract like that,” Perry said. “You’re expected to produce. That’s what you got to do. You got to go out there, get in game shape right away, put up points early and don’t stop.”

Enjoying a breakout season in 2007-08, the 23-year-old right winger led the Ducks with 29 goals (despite missing the last six weeks of the regular season with an injury) and was named an All-Star for the first time in his career. As such, Perry entered free agency in the offseason as a hot commodity.

He wouldn’t last long on the open market. The Ducks re-signed Perry minutes after the free agency period began on July 1. While many fans couldn’t bear to think of Perry in a uniform other than the Ducks’, neither could the Peterborough, Ontario native.

“This is where I wanted to be and wanted to stay,” Perry said Thursday. “I think they knew that going into the negotiation. It’s a great organization and it was nice to get it done as quickly as we did.”

Besides getting a new contract under order in the offseason, Perry also took the time to fully rehabilitate the injury that marred the ending to his season last year. Suffering a right quadriceps tendon laceration via the skate of former Colorado goaltender Jose Theodore on March 6, Perry missed the final 12 regular season games and the first three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against Dallas. While he returned and played effectively (two goals and an assist) in the final three games of that series, Perry said it wasn’t until the summer that his leg became completely healthy.

"It was a long offseason, but I got the leg back in order," Perry said. It was July before it finally came around."

“It was a long offseason, but I got the leg back in order,” Perry said. “It was July before it finally came around. It was through the therapy and all the little things that you have to do.”

More than getting back on the ice, Perry said he enjoyed getting back to seeing some familiar faces.

“I haven’t seen too many of my teammates all summer,” Perry said. “It’s good to be back.”

Heavily disappointed with the way last season ended for the Ducks, Perry feels the team has something to prove with a fresh slate ahead. With many players already skating together, he likes what he sees.

“Everybody is that much eager to get back into training camp and into the games,” Perry said. “Everybody is hungry and you can just tell by how many guys are here already a week before camp. It’s going to be a fun year for us."

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 59 19 39 9 58
C. Perry 47 24 17 12 41
R. Kesler 62 15 22 -4 37
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 54 7 21 -3 28
H. Lindholm 59 6 22 19 28
J. Silfverberg 61 9 17 7 26
C. Fowler 61 5 21 -5 26
K. Palmieri 37 12 11 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 6 5 0 .915 2.69


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