Ducks buy out last seasons of Perry’s contract
Corey Perry, once one of the most feared wingers in the league, had the two remaining years of his contract bought out, the team announced.
Terms of the buyout were not released.
Perry, 34, signed an eight-year, $69 million contract in 2013 that had a cap hit of $8.625 million. After having knee surgery in September, Perry played in only 31 games last season, registering 10 points.
That was a far cry from his glory days. Having played his entire 13-year career with Anaheim — going back to their Mighty Duck days — Perry won a Stanley Cup with the team in his second season in the league as a 21-year-old in 2006-07.
He led the league with 50 goals in 2010-11. After signing his contract, Perry came out the next season and posted 43 goals and 39 assists. The Ducks lost in the second round of the playoffs that season but went to the conference finals in two of the next three seasons and always looked like a Cup contender.
Since 2016-17, however, his production has fallen. He had just 19 goals that season and 17 the next year before this past injury plagued campaign.
Perry’s contract isn’t the only problematic one on the Ducks’ books. Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler are also 34 and have each battled significant injuries the past two seasons. Getzlaf also has a cap hit above $8 million and is under contract through 2020-21. Kesler, with a $6.875 million cap hit, is under contract through 2021-22. Both have no-movement clauses, like Perry.
The Ducks recently hired AHL coach Dallas Eakins as their new head coach. Anaheim missed the playoffs last season and was eliminated in the first round the year before.