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Ducks Sign Brookbank to Two-Year Extension

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks have signed defenseman Sheldon Brookbank to a two-year contract extension. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

Brookbank, 29 (10/3/80), appeared in 66 games for the Ducks in 2009-10, scoring 0-9=9 points with a +10 rating and 114 penalty minutes (PIM). Brookbank, who appeared in his 100th career NHL game on Nov. 16 at Pittsburgh, set career highs in points, assists, plus/minus, PIM and blocked shots (59). The 6-1, 200-pound blueliner also finished second on the Ducks in plus/minus and PIM.

Acquired from New Jersey in exchange for David McIntyre on Feb. 3, 2009, Brookbank has collected 1-12=13 points with a +13 rating and 165 PIM in 95 career games with the Ducks. The Lanigan, Saskatchewan native has also appeared in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games for Anaheim, going scoreless with 18 PIM. Originally signed as a free agent by Anaheim on July 21, 2003, Brookbank appeared in 134 American Hockey League (AHL) contests with the Ducks’ Cincinnati affiliate from 2003-05, registering 3-20=23 points with 397 PIM. In 361 career AHL contests, Brookbank earned 29-96=125 points with 970 PIM. In 2006-07, he won the Eddie Shore Trophy as the AHL’s top defenseman, leading all blueliners in points (15-38=53) and assists.

Brookbank spoke to reporters via conference call Wednesday afternoon:

On the negotiations,
It kind of took time. With negotiating, both sides have their ideas in mind and it took us a little time to get there. But ultimately, I wanted to be back here in Anaheim and that was one of the big reasons we got it down quickly here at the end.

I was approached during the season and there were some talks, sometime in the second half of the season, between my agent and management. We didn’t rush into it at the time, so it took until now.

On testing the free agent market,
I thought about it a little bit. It’s always tempting to try and chase a little more money or whatever. But I was comfortable here and I didn’t want to get too greedy. I wanted to be somewhere where I fit in and I feel like I fit in here.  My wife likes it here a lot too, so there were definitely contributing factors for me staying. I like the situation here and I wanted to stay here since day 1.

On his role with the Ducks last season,
That was my main goal since breaking into the league, it becoming a full-time player. I signed my first NHL contract with the Ducks, and it’s comforting because they know they know exactly what I’m about. They had expectations for me back then and it didn’t work out in the timeframe they hoped for. But this ultimately is the place where I want to be and I can’t complain one bit.

On his development as a player,
I think I was able to know mentally if I was to make a mistake or get taken out the the lineup, I realize I couldn’t gain a lot by stressing over it. That’s something I battled with early in my career. Now I get over that and realize I can be an effective player at this level. The more you play, the better you feel, and I’ve focused on becoming a steady defenseman and on being a solid No. 5 or 6 defenseman on this team.

On looking ahead to next season,
It’s nice to have a little bit of certainty here and be able to move forward and not sit around wondering what’s going on. Now I know what my focus is and I’m going to make sure I’m ready, because we don’t want to have the same results we had last year.
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