Ducks sign Kesler to six-year, $41.25 million contract extension
Centre Ryan Kesler got comfortable quickly with the Anaheim Ducks, and the club let him know the feeling is definitely mutual.
The veteran centre agreed to a six-year, $41.25 million contract extension with the Ducks on Wednesday, cementing a longterm commitment after just one season together.
“I definitely feel a part of the core group now,” Kesler said. “They wanted me, and I wanted to stay.”
Kesler had 20 goals, 27 assists and 75 penalty minutes last year in Anaheim after spending his first nine NHL seasons with the Vancouver Canucks. The hardnosed U.S. Olympian filled a key role as the Ducks' second-line centre while matching up defensively against many teams' top scorers.
Kesler also had seven goals and six assists in a standout playoff effort as the three-time Pacific Division champion Ducks fell one game short of the Stanley Cup Final, losing to Chicago in the Western Conference finals.
“That dressing room is so close, and we hold ourselves to the highest standard,” Kesler said.
“That group is not satisfied until we win a Stanley Cup. When we do win that Stanley Cup, I don't think we'll be satisfied then, either.’’