Player News - Ducks

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Josh Manson has agreed to a two-year, $1.65 million extension.

Manson has one campaign left on his current contract, so his new deal will run through 2017-18. He had three assists and 31 penalty minutes in 28 games with Anaheim last season.
Jul 22 - 1:50 PM

Shane O'Brien has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Anaheim.

O'Brien had an assist in nine games with the Florida Panthers in 2014-15. He can earn $600,000 annually if he plays in the NHL or $125,000 in the minors.
Jul 17 - 10:16 AM

Michael Sgarbossa has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Anaheim Ducks.

Sgarbossa's new contract is worth $605,000 at the NHL level. He had 10 goals and 38 points in 60 AHL contests in 2014-15. He also had an assist in three games with the Colorado Avalanche. The Ducks acquired him in March in exchange for Mat Clark.
Jul 17 - 10:15 AM

Chris Wagner has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

Wagner will come with a $600,000 annually cap hit at the NHL level. He had 28 points and 65 penalty minutes in 48 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Jul 16 - 7:53 PM

Ryan Kesler is determined to play beyond the six-year, $41.25 million contract he signed on Wednesday.

Keep in mind that Kesler still has one season of his previous deal left, so he's locked up for the next seven campaigns. He'll turn 31 years old on August 31. "Right now, I'm fully confident that I can play out this contract and get another one after," Kesler said. We don't have trouble believing that he'll be able to extend his playing career beyond this contract, but there's a good chance that Kesler will be a significantly worse player by that point.
Jul 16 - 9:55 AM

Ryan Kesler has inked a six-year, $41.25 million contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks.

That works out to be a $6.875 million annual cap hit. Additionally, Kesler still has one season left on his six-year, $30 million deal, so his newly signed contract won't begin until the 2016-17 campaign. Keep in mind that Kesler will turn 31 years old on August 31, so new deal will take him well past his prime. That's our main issue with this extension because in the short-term, an argument can be made that he's worth that cap hit given solid two-way play and his ability to step up in the playoffs. It wouldn't be surprising though to see the Ducks regretting this contract in just a few years.
Jul 15 - 12:15 PM

Julius Nattinen has signed an entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks took Nattinen with the 59th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He had three assists in nine SM-liiga games with JyP HT Jyvaskyla last season.
Jul 14 - 9:45 AM

Chris Stewart has signed a one-year deal with the Anaheim Ducks.

The deal is reportedly worth $1.7 million dollars. The 27-year-old scored 28 goals back in 2009-10 but has failed to hit the 20-goal mark since then. Stewart is a big body who doesn't shy away from contact and he certainly has the ability to score at the NHL level, but consistency has always been an issue. Still, this is a good low-risk signing for the Ducks. He had 14 goals and 36 points with Buffalo and Minnesota last season.
Jul 12 - 9:34 AM

The Ducks and Chris Stewart are closing in on a one-year deal, according to The Orange County Register’s Eric Stephens.

FOX Sports Midwest's Andy Strickland was the first to report a deal was close. Stephens says the deal will be in the $1.5-2 million range. Stewart tallied 14 goals and 36 points last season spent with the Sabres and Wild. He had 11 points in 20 games with Minnesota. The Ducks traded away Kyle Palmieri to the Devils and lost Matt Beleskey to the Bruins in free agency, so they need to fill some forward spots.
Jul 11 - 6:19 PM

Brian McGrattan has agreed to a one-year deal with the Anaheim Ducks.

McGrattan has played in 317 career NHL games, but he appeared in just eight last season with the Calgary Flames. In the AHL he had six points and 25 penalty minutes in 16 contests.
Jul 10 - 8:22 PM

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 Minnesota Wild don't want to rule out the possibility of re-signing Chris Stewart.

It will likely only happen though if there's not much of a market for him and Stewart consequently has to settle for a bargain bin price. He had 14 goals and 36 points in 81 games with Minnesota and Buffalo in 2014-15.
Jul 3 - 10:18 AM

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

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