uspw_5968312The Anaheim Ducks have made their choice, signing forward Corey Perry to an eight year contract extension to the tune of $69 million.

This ends the speculation as to what they were planning on doing with the Hart Trophy-winner from Peterborough. The 27-year-old can now settle in to a long future with the Ducks alongside Ryan Getzlaf, who was signed just a little while ago.

The deal will carry an average annual value of $8.625 million.

Perry has spent the entirety of his career with the Ducks. He was drafted 28th overall in 2003 by the club and has since piled up some serious accolades. He won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in the 2006-2007 season, won the Rocket Richard trophy and the Hart in 2010-2011 when he scored 50 goals in 82 games, and is a four-time All-Star.

As you can tell, the Perry deal is worth $3 million more than the Getzlaf deal. Does that mean anything? Probably not, although you have to figure a Hart winner could pull a little more bank.

Also, it’s reasonable to assume that the Getzlaf signing greased the wheels for Perry to make his mark on the dotted line. Playing with a quality centre certainly makes things easier long-term in Anaheim, after all.

“We are excited that Corey has committed to us for the next eight years,” Ducks GM Bob Murray said. “Similar to the case with Ryan Getzlaf, Corey wanted to stay in Anaheim and be part of our organization long term. He is an exceptional player who competes with heart and soul and has won at every level.”

“Staying in Anaheim has always been my first choice,” said Perry. “This is a great place to play, and I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to remain here. I want to thank to the Samuelis and the entire Ducks organization for their belief in me. I’m pleased to have this done so our focus can remain on our ultimate goal – bringing another Stanley Cup to Orange County.”