Ducks fans want to know what is going on with restricted free agent, Bobby Ryan. They also want to know if free agents, Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne will return for another year with the team.
Fans will still have to wait for news on that front, but at least there is one more veteran defenseman signed for next year.
Sheldon Brookbank signed a two-year contract extension worth $1.5 million today. The 29 year old defenseman appeared in 66 games for the Ducks in 2009-10, scoring 0-9=9 points with a +10 rating and 114 penalty minutes (PIM). Brookbank, who appeared in his 100th career NHL game on Nov. 16 at Pittsburgh, set career highs in points, assists, plus/minus, PIM and blocked shots (59). The 6-1, 200-pound blueliner also finished second on the Ducks in plus/minus and PIM.
Acquired from New Jersey in exchange for David McIntyre on Feb. 3, 2009, Brookbank has collected 1-12=13 points with a +13 rating and 165 PIM in 95 career games with the Ducks. The Lanigan, Saskatchewan native has also appeared in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games for Anaheim, going scoreless with 18 PIM. Originally signed as a free agent by Anaheim on July 21, 2003, Brookbank appeared in 134 American Hockey League (AHL) contests with the Ducks’ Cincinnati affiliate from 2003-05, registering 3-20=23 points with 397 PIM. In 361 career AHL contests, Brookbank earned 29-96=125 points with 970 PIM. In 2006-07, he won the Eddie Shore Trophy as the AHL’s top defenseman, leading all blueliners in points (15-38=53) and assists.
Nothing against Brookbank, but this was not the signing Ducks fans were waiting for. However, this, and a couple of other recent signings, indicate that the Ducks are finally in negotiating mode. July 1 is coming quickly and you know that general managers would be more than happy to submit an offer sheet to Ryan if he is not signed prior to that.
Come on, Bob Murray, now that you have gotten in some practice with Brookbank, how about Bobby, too?