By Michael Walters
Per the Anaheim Ducks, they have signed Ryan Kesler to a six year extension. The deal is six years for a total of $41.25 million, which is an average annual salary of $6.875 million.
The contract contains a full no-movement (no trade) clause for the first five years. In the sixth and final year there is a limited no-trade clause. Kesler will be 37 years old in the final year of his contract.
Kesler played in 81 games last year scoring 20 goals and 27 assists for 47 total points. Kesler was the team leader in faceoffs winning percentage at 56.3%. During the playoffs he had 7 goals and 6 assists for 13 points in 16 games. Kesler played extremely well in the playoffs with Matt Beleskey and Jakob Silfverberg.
Assuming Silfverberg is re-signed it will be interesting to see who else he will play with at the beginning of next season. The addition of Carl Hagelin could be one to fill the roll. Regardless who plays with Kesler, fans can expect him to bring his A Game all season and in the post season. It will also be interesting to see if he wears the Alternate A next year with Francois Beauchemin departed to Colorado.
The Ducks still need to re-sign RFAs Hagelin, Silfverberg, and Chris Wagner. Updates on each player will be posted when available.
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