Forward Ryan Kesler is staying with the Anaheim Ducks for the next six seasons after signing a contract extension worth $41.25 million.
The league’s official website confirmed the deal while the contract figure is being reported by the Orange County Register. "That dressing room is so close and we hold ourselves to the highest standards in there," Kesler said via nhl.com.
"That group is not satisfied until we win a Stanley Cup, and when we do win the Stanley Cup, I don't think we're going to be satisfied then either. We're going to want to win another one, and we have the group to do it. … We were one game away from going to the final. That experience will help us next year."
Kesler and the Ducks lost to eventual champions Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Ducks had a 3-2 series advantage but lost the last two games of the best-of-seven series.
"Obviously the feeling was mutual," the 30-year-old Kesler added in the article. "[The Ducks] wanted me and I wanted to stay. Great organization, great owners, great management that wants to win, and we have a great team. It's a great organization, and to be able to be a part of it for six more years, it's a good feeling."
The Ducks acquired Kesler in 2014 in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks, where he played from 2003 to 2014. In 81 regular season games for Anaheim in the 2014-2015 season, he had 20 goals and 27 assists. In 16 playoff games, Kesler contributed seven goals and six assists.