The Ducks have signed defenseman Francois Beauchemin to a one-year contract through the 2017-18 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
Beauchemin, 37 (6/4/80), has appeared in 525 career NHL games with Anaheim (53-126=179 points with a +47 rating) and was a member of the 2007 Stanley Cup Champions. Among franchise all-time defensive leaders, Beauchemin ranks second in goals and plus/minus, third in points and assists, and tied for third in game-winning goals (10). In his last season with Anaheim in 2014-15, the 6-0, 204-pound defenseman set a career high with 11 goals and finished the season with 23 points in 64 games.
"When I was [in Anaheim], I always said I wanted to end my career there," Beauchemin said to reporters. "Things changed a couple years ago when I became a free agent, but now that I have a chance to go back and end my career with the Ducks, it couldn't end in a better way. I'm thrilled and excited for that chance."
A native of Sorel, Quebec, Beauchemin has played 97 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, all in an Anaheim uniform. He is the all-time franchise leader among defensemen in playoff scoring, goals, assists, power play goals, power play points and games played. Beauchemin has helped Anaheim reach the playoffs in eight of his nine seasons with the club, reaching the Western Conference Final three times in addition to the aforementioned Stanley Cup in 2007.
"They're looking for a veteran defenseman to help out the young guys," Beuchemin said to reporters. "They know me and they know how I play. I know the system. It should be an easy adjustment. Randy [Carlyle] coached me before, and I've worked with Trent Yawney as well."
Selected by Montreal in the third round (75th overall) of the 1998 NHL Draft, Beauchemin has scored 73-198=271 points with a +2 rating and 464 PIM in 836 career NHL games with Anaheim, Colorado, Toronto, Columbus and Montreal. He was originally acquired by Anaheim from Columbus with Tyler Wright in exchange for Sergei Fedorov and a fifth-round selection in the 2006 NHL Draft on Nov. 15, 2005. After his original stint in Anaheim, Beauchemin was reacquired by the Ducks from Toronto in exchange for Joffrey Lupul and Jake Gardiner on Feb. 9, 2011.
"We're pleased to be able to bring back Francois Beauchemin to the team," said Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray. "He will bring valuable leadership and help our young defensemen build character and be successful NHL players, as Francois has been in his career. We feel Francois still has a lot to give, and his passion and drive to win is unquestioned."