The Anaheim Ducks signed center Ryan Getzlaf to a contract extension on Friday.
The reported eight-year, $66 million deal is the maximum allowed under the NHL's new collective bargaining agreement. Getzlaf would have become an unrestricted free agent after this season along with right winger Corey Perry.
"This is a wonderful day for my family, as Anaheim has become our home," Getzlaf said, according to USA Today. "The fans here have treated me very well, and I look forward to being part of a winning hockey team and contributing to the Orange County community for years to come."
Ducks general manager Bob Murray said Getzlaf expressed his desire to remain with the franchise for his entire career.
"He is a leader, a proven winner, and possesses a skill set that's hard to find," Murray told USA Today. "This is a great day for the Ducks."
The Ducks are hoping to re-sign Perry before the April 3 trade deadline, If they can't reach an agreement with Perry, they might consider dealing him.
Getzlaf, 28, leads the Ducks in scoring with nine goals and 18 assists in 22 games this season. Perry, 27, ranks second on the team with seven goals and 14 assists.