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Montour signs two-year contract with Ducks

Defenseman avoids arbitration ruling, was restricted free agent

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Brandon Montour signed a two-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 24-year-old defenseman avoided an arbitration ruling after he had a hearing Tuesday. He was a restricted free agent.

"The deal we had right now, from our standpoint, it's fair," Montour told The Athletic. "The arbitrator could have went either way, either lower or higher. That's the chance you take. We felt this was fair …

"For me, I've told plenty of people that I love it in Anaheim. How could you not? The staff and my teammates, everything is unbelievable. The time I've had there so far has been great and hopefully I get better each and every game every year here in the next two. The goal is to get that long-term deal and hopefully we can take some time and digest it and not worry about this anymore and focus on the year, which will be nice. Get back to it when the time needs."

 

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Montour had NHL career highs in goals (nine), assists (23) and points (32) in 80 games with the Ducks last season. He had one assist in four Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Selected by Anaheim in the second round (No. 55) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Montour has 38 points (11 goals, 27 assists) in 107 regular-season NHL games and eight assists in 21 playoff games.

"My ears were open for everything involved," Montour said. "But for the most part for me, a younger player, I didn't know what exactly I am right now. I know my strengths and I believe in myself in helping this team and be a contributor to my team as of now and going forward.

"For me, I think we all agreed with a shorter term and getting better as we keep going on. I've only played [128 games]. It was one of those things where I think the shorter term was [the] best fit for both of us. As we go on the next year or two, we'll keep chatting about hopefully a longer term, like the rest of my [defensemen] there."

Tweet from @brandon_montour: Boom!!🔥 So excited to be apart of this group for another two years let���s go!@anaheimducks ������🌴 https://t.co/puBlcpGK7p

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