Perry, Ducks agree to new five-year deal
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Perry, along with Ryan Getzlaf, represents the future of the Ducks' offensive lineup. GM Brian Burke was cognizant of the potential for another team to drop an offer sheet onto Perry's lap, as was the case a year ago when the Edmonton Oilers snapped up Dustin Penner.
"I really wanted to stay in Anaheim, it's a great place to play hockey," Perry said during a conference call.
The Ducks may not be done. They may try to move veteran defenseman Mathieu Schneider either in exchange for more offensive help, or to free up cap space to pursue a free-agent forward.
Perry, 23, had a team-high 29 goals in 70 games this past season and was plus-12, despite missing part of the season with a leg injury.
"Corey is one of the top young players in the NHL today," Ducks general manager Brian Burke said. "He's a true Duck, a hard-nosed goal-scorer."
Perry had little interest in prolonging contract negotiations, so he quickly agreed to stay in Anaheim.
"At the end of the day, it's the same deal [as Getzlaf] and it was just nice to get it over and done with pretty quick," said Perry, who conceded bragging rights to Getzlaf. "He signed a lot earlier."
The two talented 23-year-old forwards have generally skated together during their first three NHL seasons and are likely to remain the Ducks' top offensive threats.
"Both players are physical, hard-to-play-against guys who have also put up good numbers," Burke said. "What we are rewarding here, and betting on, is that package will continue, that these will be two big, physical guys who know how to control a game offensively."
Perry is still going through the rehabilitation process as a result of having the tendon above his right knee lacerated by the skate of then-Colorado goalie Jose Theodore on March 6.
Perry returned to play three playoff games and scored two goals, but his leg was still not completely healed. He expects to be fully recovered for training camp.
Scott Burnside covers the NHL for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
2008 FREE AGENCY -- DAY 1
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• Redden to Rangers: The New York Rangers added a boost to their blue line by signing defenseman Wade Redden. Story
• Rolston returns to Devils: Who says you can't come home? Veteran forward Brian Rolston landed in New Jersey, where he started his NHL career. Story
• Theodore goes to Washington: The Capitals flip goalies again, but the move comes with more questions than answers. Story
• The rumors: Get all the latest news and information the free agents that are still available on the market. Rumor Central
ANALYSIS• The grades: There was plenty of movement during Tuesday's first day of free agency, but which teams made the most of those dollars? Scott Burnside breaks down the deals. Story
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