The 29-year-old Strachan had two assists in 18 games with the Washington Capitals last season. Selected by Carolina in the fifth round in 2003, he also played for St. Louis and Florida, while spending most of his eight-year professional career in the minors
Strachan has a goal and 14 assists in 138 career NHL games, and 16 goals and 71 assists in 276 American Hockey League games.
Strachan is expected to spend next season with Buffalo's AHL affiliate in Rochester.
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday