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Souray signs three-year deal with Ducks

Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 8:00 PM
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Souray signs three-year deal with Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks announced Sunday that they have signed veteran defenseman Sheldon Souray to a three-year contract through the 2014-15 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

Souray, 35, appeared in 64 games for Dallas last season, scoring six goals and 15 assists with a plus-11 rating and 73 penalty minutes. He appeared in his 700th career NHL game on Feb. 26, 2012 against Vancouver.

In 714 career NHL games (New Jersey, Montreal, Edmonton and Dallas), Souray has collected 102 goals and 181 assists with 1,093 penalty minutes. A three-time NHL All-Star (2004, 2007, 2009), Souray has also appeared in 34 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with New Jersey and Montreal, recording three goals and seven assists.

The 6-foot-4, 237-pound blueliner had a career year in 2006-07 with Montreal, setting personal bests in goals (26), assists (38), points (64), power-play goals (19) and game-winning goals (six). His 19 power-play goals in 2006-07 broke the NHL single-season record for most goals scored by a defenseman via the man advantage.

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He's a winner. We want winners here, and he's a proven winner. He's won two Stanley Cups. He's 22 years old and been a big part of it. He's got all the right tools. He's got size (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) and strength. He's exactly what we were looking for. He's going to be a big piece of our team for many, many years to come.

— Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Brandon Saad, who he acquired in a trade with the Blackhawks on Tuesday
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