Player News - Ducks

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Look for Kevin Bieksa to be the veteran leader of the Anaheim Ducks blueline.

The Ducks had Francois Beauchemin as their veteran leader last season but the unrestricted free agent left for the Colorado Avalanche this week. The 34-year-old Bieksa will provide the veteran presence for the young Ducks like Cam Fowler 23, Sami Vatanen 24, Hampus Lindholm 21 and Simon Despres 23. Bieksa used to be a very good fantasy defenseman but with four goals and 14 points in 60 games last season, he has little value outside of his penalty minute totals at this stage of his career.
Jul 5 - 6:38 AM

Harry Zolnierczyk has signed a one-year, two-way deal worth $600K with the Anaheim Ducks.

Zolnierczyk is not a fantasy factor while in the NHL as he's played just 59 games over the last four seasons. However, if you ever need a spot-starter to gather PIMs, well, he posted 78 PIMs and 75 PIMs over the last two seasons respectively. He even accumulated 128 PIMs as a senior at Brown University, a NCAA season in which he played just 30 games.
Jul 3 - 6:23 PM

The Anaheim Ducks and newly acquired RFA forward Carl Hagelin are "making progress" on a new contract.

With now-teammate Andrew Cogliano serving as a comparable, Hagelin "is believed to be seeking something in the neighborhood of $3-3.5 million annually." Cogliano is two years older and with over twice as many games played in the NHL than Hagelin, he is also in the middle of a four-year contract worth $12M. Hagelin appears as focused as ever regardless of what he signs for, "I always go in with the same mindset every year. I’m ready to do whatever it takes." If the two sides cannot come to an agreement by Sunday afternoon, then they'll have to settle in arbitration later in the summer.
Jul 2 - 9:35 PM

Korbinian Holzer has agreed to a one-year, $750,000 extension with the Anaheim Ducks.

It's a one-way deal, which means Holzer will make the same amount even if he gets sent to the minors. He had six assists and 25 penalty minutes in 34 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2014-15.
Jul 2 - 4:03 PM

The Anaheim Ducks and Jakob Silfverberg continue to talk about a contract extension.

Silfverberg is a restricted free agent and the Ducks want him back in their lineup after an outstanding playoffs where he had four goals and 18 points in only 16 games. Silfverberg struggled in the regular season with only 13 goals and 39 points in 81 games but the post-season showed many what kind of hockey player he is capable of being.
Jul 2 - 6:26 AM

Shawn Horcoff has signed a one-year contract worth $1.75M with the Anaheim Ducks.

Horcoff had another poor year with Dallas in 2014-15, scoring just 11 goals and 29 points in 76 games. Anaheim possibly represents a fresh start for Horcoff who is now 36-years-old, and just finished a five-year contract worth $33M he originally signed with Edmonton.
Jul 1 - 9:34 PM

Matt Hackett has signed a two-way, two-year deal with Anaheim.

He has appeared in 26 career NHL games with Minnesota and Buffalo, while posting a 4-17-2 record with a 3.11 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage. Hackett will likely be in the minors to start the 2015-16 campaign.
Jul 1 - 5:59 PM

Joe Piskula has agreed to a two-way, one-year deal with Anaheim.

Piskula had a goal and 17 points in 67 AHL contests last season. It wouldn't be surprising if he spends the full 2015-16 campaign in the minors.
Jul 1 - 5:58 PM

The Anaheim Ducks have inked Chris Mueller to a two-way, one-year contract.

Mueller's deal is probably a two-way agreement as the odds of him starting the season in the NHL is remote. The 29-year-old forward had 14 goals and 40 points in 64 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Jul 1 - 5:57 PM

Kevin Bieksa has inked a two-year, $8 million extension.

Bieksa still has a season left on his five-year, $23 million deal. In other words, once his present contract experiences, his cap hit will actually go down. He had four goals, 14 points, and 77 penalty minutes in 60 contests with Vancouver in 2014-15.
Jul 1 - 9:53 AM

Paul MacLean has officially joined the Anaheim Ducks' bench as an assistant.

In addition to MacLean, Bruce Boudreau’s coaching staff will host assistant coaches Trent Yawney and Scott Niedermayer, along with goaltending consultant Dwayne Roloson and video coordinator Joe Piscotty. That's a lot of experience all on one bench. This is MacLean's second stint as an assistant in Anaheim, having previously served from 2002-04 which includes when the then-Mighty Ducks went to their franchise's first final.
Jun 30 - 6:32 PM

Vancouver has traded defenseman Kevin Bieksa to Anaheim for a 2016 second round draft pick.

The 34-year-old Bieksa has one season left on his contract which dings the cap at $4.6M, however his actual salary is just $2.5M. In 136 games for the Canucks over the last two seasons, Bieksa has scored just eight goals and 38 points with 153 hits, 181 PIMs, and 232 hits. The trade now gives Vancouver about $8.2M in cap space with only a few slots to fill. While Anaheim has about $20.8M in cap space, with several slots to fill. The trade may also spell the end of Francois Beauchemin's second stint in Anaheim.
Jun 30 - 6:15 PM

Both the Vancouver Canucks and Kevin Bieksa's camp are frustrated that the team couldn't get a trade completed with the San Jose Sharks.

It's common knowledge that Bieksa is on the trade market and it appeared as though the two teams were close to a deal, but it never materialized. The Canucks were reportedly asking for a 2015 second round pick, but the Sharks weren't willing to let that pick go. If Bieksa doesn't end up in San Jose, there are 10 other teams reportedly interested in his services.
Jun 28 - 12:53 PM

The Anaheim Ducks will buyout Mike Fistric's contract according to Darren Dreger of TSN.

The Ducks placed Fistric on waivers on Sunday and once he clears, they will be able to make the buyout official. Fistric had two years remaining on his current deal with a cap hit of just over $1.2 million.
Jun 28 - 12:27 PM

General Manager Bob Murray said that the shoulder injury suffered by Nate Thompson was a bad one.

Thompson required surgery to repair two labral tears and do not expect the feisty forward to be back in action until November or December. He will likely not be at 100 percent upon his return. His big fantasy value is in faceoff wins so we would take a pass on him this season.
Jun 28 - 8:03 AM

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