Getzlaf, Ducks ink contract extension

Ryan Getzlaf

Ryan Getzlaf

11/20/2007 3:20:40 PM

The Anaheim Ducks and forward Ryan Getzlaf have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract extension.

It is for a five-year term beyond this season and is worth in $26.625 million.

Getzlaf was excited to get the deal out of the way early so that he could concentrate solely on hockey.

"I'm thrilled," Getzlaf told THE CANADIAN PRESS. "This is a place that I want to play. I love being here. I was given the opportunity to negotiate a contract this early and the team showed that they wanted me here as much as I wanted to here."

The 22-year-old forward is having a strong season and is leading the Ducks in assists (14) and points (21).


"We are extremely pleased to be able to sign Ryan to a long-term deal. He's demonstrated great character and work ethic to complement his talent, a rare combination at such a young age," said Anaheim general manager Brian Burke in a statement.

Getzlaf had a major impact for the Ducks in 2006/07 with 25 goals and 33 assists in the regular season. He also helped the club win its first Stanley Cup with seven goals and ten assists in the Ducks' championship run.

He was drafted by Anaheim in the 1st round (19th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

The contract breaksdown as follows:
2008/09 - $2 million signing bonus plus $2.5 million in salary ($4.5 million total)
2009/10 - $5.125 million
2010/11 - $5.125 million
2011/12 - $5.750 million
2012/13 - $6.125 million

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