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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 / 4:00 PM PT / 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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STANDINGS

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
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07
A. Khudobin 3 3 0 .909 2.70


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