Mark Bell is getting another chance in the NHL, agreeing to a one-year contract Wednesday with the Anaheim Ducks. Terms were not disclosed.
Bell is a former first-round draft pick of the Blackhawks (No. 8 in 1998) who put together consecutive seasons of 20-plus goals early in his career. He hasn't played in the NHL since 2007-08, spending the past two seasons in the Swiss National League.
In 445 regular-season games for Chicago, San Jose and Toronto, Bell has 87 goals and 182 points.
I challenged him to a goalie fight when we chatted before the game, but he didn't want to go. It was strange to see him at the other end of the ice, but I'm sure he felt the same way looking down at our end.
— Vancouver goalie Eddie Lack joking about facing his former teammate Roberto Luongo after the Canucks' win against the Panthers