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Ryan Getzlaf signing shifts focus to Corey Perry

Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf (left) celebrates his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks with teammate...

Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf (left) celebrates his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks with teammate Corey Perry during NHL action in Chicago, February 12, 2013. (REUTERS/Jim Young)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:45 PM ET

With less than a month to go until the NHL trade deadline, one of the more interesting players who might have been dangled out there is off the market.

With the Anaheim Ducks signing of centre Ryan Getzlaf to an eight-year, $66-million deal Friday the interest will now shift to Ducks forward Corey Perry, who becomes an unrestricted free agent in July.

The magnitude of Getzlaf’s deal, which has a cap hit of $8.25 million, is amplified by the fact the cap will drop from about $70 million to about $64 million next season. According to Capgeek.com, the Ducks have about $44.8 million committed to 15 players for next season after Getzlaf’s signing so it’s going to be interesting to see if they can be creative and find a way to get Perry in the house, too.


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