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Forward Beleskey unlikely to re-sign with Ducks

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Matt Beleskey is expected to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 after rejecting a contract offer from the Anaheim Ducks.

"We made an offer and they rejected it immediately," Ducks general manager Bob Murray said Tuesday. "So, I don't think there's anything else happening there. I said that when we kept him at the trade deadline, that I doubted it was going to work, and they obviously feel they're going to do a lot better.

Matt Beleskey
Left Wing - ANA
GOALS: 22 | ASST: 10 | PTS: 32
SOG: 145 | +/-: 13
"I'm very comfortable with the offer we made, we made a really good offer, and it's just a part of hockey now."

Beleskey had career highs of 22 goals and 32 points in 65 regular-season games in 2014-15 before scoring eight goals in 16 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has 57 goals and 55 assists in 329 NHL games over seven seasons, all with Anaheim.

The Ducks selected Beleskey in the fourth round (No. 112) of the 2006 NHL Draft.

"I was a big part of drafting him so it's always difficult," Murray said. "We've developed. Like we've done a lot of work here and we've turned him into a pretty good hockey player. But I could have traded him, I could have traded him the day before the deadline. I had a deal, and I just said, 'No, that was wrong for my hockey team.' He played very well in the playoffs. So we didn't get there, but we almost got there."

Anaheim also has a decision to make on pending free-agent defenseman Francois Beauchehim, who has played nine seasons in two stints with the Ducks. Beauchemin's agent told The Orange County Register he expected to speak with Murray later this week.

Beauchemin, 35, had 11 goals, 12 assists and a plus-17 rating in 64 games this season.

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