The Ducks have signed defenseman Kevin Bieksa
to a two-year contract extension through the 2017-18 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
Bieksa, 34 (6/16/81), was acquired from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft on June 30, 2015. Bieksa collected 56-185=241 points with a +22 rating and 879 penalty minutes (PIM) in 597 career NHL games with Vancouver. Among all-time franchise defensemen, the 6-1, 198-pound blueliner ranked sixth in scoring, assists and games, and fourth in PIM. Among franchise playoff leaders for defensemen, he led in goals (10), ranked third in appearances (71) and sixth in scoring. Bieksa helped lead Vancouver to Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final vs. Boston, earning 5-5=10 points in 25 postseason games.
Selected by Vancouver in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft, Bieksa collected 4-10=14 points with an even plus/minus rating and 77 PIM in 60 games for Vancouver last season. Among team leaders, he ranked third in hits (109) and fifth in blocked shots (93). Bieksa also appeared in six Stanley Cup Playoff games, going scoreless with nine PIM.
A native of Grimsby, Ontario, Bieksa served as captain for Team Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Belarus. He appeared in seven tournament games, earning 2-2=4 points with a +5 rating and four PIM and leading Canadian defensemen in goals. Bieksa began his professional career with Vancouver’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Manitoba. In 108 career AHL games with the Moose, Bieksa recorded 15-47=62 points with a +26 rating and 265 PIM. In 2004-05, he was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team after scoring 12-27=39 points with a +21 rating and 192 PIM in 80 games.