The Ducks have signed center Mark Bell to a one-year contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
Bell, 30 (8/5/80), has played seven NHL seasons with Chicago (2000-06), San Jose (2006-07) and Toronto (2007-08), collecting 87-95=182 points with 597 penalty minutes (PIM) in 445 career games. He last appeared in the NHL with Toronto in 2007-08, scoring 4-6=10 points with 60 PIM in 35 games. The 6-3, 220-pound center played 80 games-or-more in four consecutive seasons from 2001-06, including a full 82-game schedule in three straight NHL campaigns. Bell has also appeared in nine career Stanley Cup Playoff games with Chicago (2002) and San Jose (2007), going scoreless with 10 PIM.
Selected by Chicago in the first round (eighth overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Bell has played the last two seasons with Kloten of the Swiss National League A, collecting 29-23=52 points with a +21 rating and 127 PIM in 80 games. He has also appeared in 135 career American Hockey League (AHL) contests with Norfolk (2000-01), Toronto (2008-09) and Hartford (2008-09), earning 33-50=83 points with a +19 rating and 191 PIM. A native of St. Paul’s, Ontario, Bell represented Canada at the 2009 and 2010 Spengler Cup and won bronze at the 2000 World Junior Championship in Sweden.