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Ducks sign Mara to one-year deal

Thursday, 09.16.2010 / 7:54 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010
The Ducks have confirmed they have signed defenseman Paul Mara to a one-year contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

Mara, 31 (9/7/79), appeared in 42 games for the Montreal Canadiens last season, collecting 0-8=8 points with 48 penalty minutes (PIM). He suffered a shoulder injury on Jan. 22 at New Jersey and subsequently missed the final 30 games of the regular season. In 2008-09 with the New York Rangers, Mara recorded 5-16=21 points in 76 contests, ranking fourth among club defensemen in points. He appeared in his 600th career NHL contest on Dec. 23, 2008 vs. the Washington Capitals.

A native of Ridgewood, NJ, Mara has earned 63-184=247 points with 688 PIM in 681 career contests with Tampa Bay, Phoenix, Boston, the NY Rangers and Montreal. In addition, Mara has appeared in 32 Stanley Cup Playoff contests, collecting 3-4=7 points. The 6-4, 212-pound blueliner set career highs in both goals and points with 15-32=47 in 78 regular season contests with Phoenix in 2005-06. Mara led Coyotes defensemen in goals, power play goals (8) and shots on goal (157) that season. His 15 goals on the season marked the most by a Winnipeg/Phoenix defenseman since the 1992-93 season (Olausson, 16). Mara set career highs for appearances (81) and assists (36) during the 2003-04 campaign with Phoenix.

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