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Ducks Sign Centers Wagner, Sgarbossa to One-Year Contracts

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks


The Ducks have signed centers Chris Wagner and Michael Sgarbossa to one-year contracts through the 2015-16 season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Wagner, 24 (5/27/91), made his NHL debut with Anaheim last season, going scoreless with two penalty minutes (PIM) in nine games. Wagner also appeared in his first two Stanley Cup Playoffs games, going scoreless against Winnipeg in the First Round. He appeared in 48 games with Norfolk of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2014-15, scoring 15-13=28 points with 65 PIM. The 6-0, 202-pound forward set a career high in goals (15) and matched a career best in points (28). Wagner, who represented the Eastern Conference at the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic, was named the AHL Player of the Week for Oct. 6-12 after scoring four goals (4-0=4) with a +3 rating, including his second career AHL hat trick on Oct. 11 vs. Hershey.

Selected by Anaheim in the fifth round (122nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft, Wagner has scored 37-40=77 points with 198 PIM in 194 career AHL games with Norfolk. The Walpole, Massachusetts native made his Calder Cup Playoffs debut in 2014, collecting 2-3=5 points with 10 PIM in 10 games.

Sgarbossa, 22 (7/25/92), has earned one assist (0-1=1) with 14 PIM in nine career NHL games with Colorado. In 166 career AHL games with Lake Erie and Norfolk, the 5-11, 180-pound center has collected 34-68=102 points with 191 PIM. Sgarbossa was selected to play in the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic and finished his rookie season with 19-25=44 points in 57 games. Prior to his AHL debut, Sgarbossa won the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) scoring title with 47-55=102 points in 66 games for Sudbury in 2011-12.

Acquired with a conditional seventh-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft from Colorado in exchange for defenseman Mat Clark, Sgarbossa recorded his first career NHL point (assist) in three games last season with the Avalanche. The Campbellville, Ontario native spent the remainder of 2014-15 in the AHL with Norfolk and Lake Erie, combining for 10-28=38 points with 64 PIM in 60 games.

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