Ducks sign Kesler to six-year, $41.25 mil­lion con­tract ex­ten­sion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.’’

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