Friday, March 8, 2013

Getzlaf Cashes In

The Ducks have signed captain Ryan Getzlaf to an eight-year contract extension. The 2007 Stanley Cup champion and 2010 Olympic gold medalist is now under contract with the Ducks through the 2020-21 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

“We are very happy to have Ryan committed to this franchise long-term,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “He has often expressed his interest to stay in Anaheim for his entire career, a goal we share. He is a leader, a proven winner, and possesses a skill set that’s hard to find. This is a great day for the Ducks.”

Getzlaf, 27 (5/10/85), has appeared in 534 career NHL games with the Ducks, scoring 146-353=499 points with a +77 rating and 504 penalty minutes (PIM). Named the eighth captain in Ducks history on Oct. 3, 2010, Getzlaf ranks third among all-time franchise leaders in points and assists, fifth in goals and power-play goals (55), fourth in game-winning goals (25), second in plus/minus and sixth in appearances. Getzlaf has also scored 18-35=53 points with 85 PIM in 62 career postseason games. He leads the club in all-time playoff assists, ranks second in scoring and tied for second in goals. Getzlaf led the 2007 champions in postseason scoring with 7-10=17 points, setting a Ducks record for most points in a single playoff season.

“I’m extremely thankful to the Samuelis, Michael Schulman, Bob Murray and the entire Ducks organization for the opportunity to remain in Anaheim for the long-term,” said Getzlaf. “This is a wonderful day for my family, as Anaheim has become our home. The fans here have treated me very well, and I look forward to being part of a winning hockey team and contributing to the Orange County community for years to come.”

Selected in the first round (19th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Getzlaf has collected 9-18=27 points with a +10 rating and 12 PIM in 22 games for Anaheim this season. He leads the Ducks in scoring, goals and assists, ranks tied for fourth in plus/minus and ranks second in shots on net (51). Getzlaf is currently tied for ninth among NHL leaders in points and tied for sixth in assists. The two-time NHL All-Star (2008 and 2009) is also 13th among NHL forwards in time-on-ice (20:54). Getzlaf is currently riding a season-high eight-game home scoring streak, in which he has earned 5-9=14 points since Feb. 1 vs. Minnesota.

A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Getzlaf won gold as a member of Team Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. In seven games, Getzlaf finished second on the Canadian squad with 3-4=7 points. He has also represented Canada at additional international tournaments, including the 2012 World Championship, 2008 World Championship (silver medal), 2005 World Junior Championship (gold) and 2004 World Juniors (silver).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ryan had a bad year last year and so did his bro. Ryan is having a much better year this year. Hopefully the same can be said for his bro. We need him!