The Anaheim Ducks announced a six-year contract extension for forward Ryan Kesler on Wednesday. The deal carries an AAV of $6.875 million for a total of $41.25 million, according to Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times.
Kesler was acquired by the Ducks last summer in a trade that sent center Nick Bonino, defenseman Luca Sbisa, a first round pick (center Jared McCann), and a third round pick (traded to the Rangers in Derek Dorsett trade) in the 2014 draft.
According to Darren Dreger, Kesler has a no move clause in the first five years and a limited no trade in the final year of the extension.
Last season Kesler provide the center depth the Ducks hadn’t been able to count on previously, giving the team a grinding second line that could get the puck in the net. In 81 games, Kesler posted 20 goals and 27 assists.
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The new contract will kick in for the 2016-17 season and keep him on contract until the 2021-22 season, when Kesler will be 37. It’ll be a step up from the $5 million cap hit he’ll be for the 2015-16 season.
His contract finishes one year past when the contracts of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry will expire. Both are one year younger than Kesler. That means in the 2020-21 season the Ducks will have $23.75 million tied up in three players who are in their late 30s.
Contract information courtesy of General Fanager.
Dustin Nelson writes about news and the Minnesota Wild for The Hockey Writers.