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January 11, 2013 | 9:58am ET
Ducks, Perry to talk once season starts
TheFourthPeriod.com

Ducks star Corey Perry is in the final-year of his current contract, along with center Ryan Getzlaf, and there is already plenty of speculation surrounding his future with Anaheim.

Perry and Getzlaf both signed five-year, $26.25 million contracts prior to the 2008-09 NHL season -- Getzlaf on Nov. 20, 2007 and Perry on July 1, 2008.

With their deals set to expire this July -- their $5.325 million cap hits are the same, but their annual salaries are different -- it's believed the Ducks might have to trade at least one of them if the team is not in playoff contention by the trade deadline or if GM Bob Murray feels he isn't able to get them signed to new contracts.

Perry, 27, has been one of the NHL's most potent goal scorers over the last few seasons. He's expected to continue his goal-scoring pace, after notching 37 last season and a league-leading 50 in 2010-11.

The three-time All-Star has expressed his interest in playing in Anaheim long-term, but contract negotiations are not yet started between Murray and Perry's agents, Mark Guy and Pat Morris.

Guy confirmed to TFP that contract talks haven't started and he doesn't anticipate them to until after the season starts, though it's unclear how quickly they'll commence.

Teams are allowed to begin negotiations with free agents and pending free agents, but signings cannot be official until the NHLPA ratifies the new CBA and them and the NHL signs the Memorandum of Understanding, which is expected to take place on Saturday.

Given the new rules of the new CBA, Perry can sign a new contract with the Ducks for a maximum of eight-years. He could also command an annual salary in the $7 million range on his next deal.

Once negotiations are underway, the Ducks will have a strong indication as to where they stand with the 2010-11 NHL MVP.


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