The Ducks will be staying in Anaheim for the foreseeable future, signing an extension with a number options keeping them where they are until 2048.
According to a report by the Associated Press, Anaheim City Council has approved a new deal that will extend their current agreement with the Ducks through 2048, with five more five-year options thereafter. This is great news for the city who owns The Honda Center where the Ducks play and are the biggest tenant for the building.
Since their inaugural season in 1993-94, when they were known as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, the team that came hand-in-hand with the movie franchise has reached the playoffs in 14 of their 24 seasons. They won the Stanley Cup in 2007 and have employed some of the NHL's most iconic players including Teemu Selane, Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger. Over the last two decades, they've been one of the most consistently successful franchises in hockey.
The good news is, despite their recent struggles, there's not an appetite by the city to let the team move on.
Forced to deal with nagging injuries to key contributors and an aging team, this year, things are a bit different for the Ducks. They aren't out of the playoffs at this point, but few NHL insiders expected them to be a contending team and to date, that's proven to be a correct assumption. They aren't projected to be a factor when the final few teams hit the ice in the postseason.
The team does have some pretty exciting prospects to watch for in Sam Steel, Max Comtois, Isac Lundestrom and Josh Mahura and some of these names aren't far from being regular NHL contributors.
What This Means
While there are always questions surrounding certain NHL franchises and their security in certain markets, Anaheim is good to go. They've ensured the team is part of the fabric of the city for another 30 years and while hockey fans stay with their team, tourists can visit Disneyland and take in a hockey game for a very long time.