Will UFA's Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry return as superstars?
As the NHL, in the words of one agent, “try to idiot-proof the CBA once again,” two players who find themselves in rather interesting situations are Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks.
You see, both are due to become unrestricted free agents next summer, which means the Ducks are free to negotiate contract extensions with them now. But it begs the question, what to do with two players who were on track to become superstars in the NHL, but have both seen their production dip precipitously?
For both players to get in on the action of the ridiculous front-loaded, double-digit term contracts we’ve been seeing lately, the time to strike is now. Because chances are by the time both players become UFAs next summer, the new collective bargaining agreement will have placed term limits on contracts.
Perry and Getzlaf will be 28 years old by the time their theoretical extensions would kick in next summer, meaning they’d potentially have at least another decade remaining in their careers. It’s the prime age for the 13- and 14-year deals we’ve been seeing players and agents sign to beat the system.
But there’s considerable risk in signing these two players to those kinds of deals because predicting their future production is a mug’s game.