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.
He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.
— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers