Anaheim Ducks sign Nathan Beaulieu to one-year, $850,000 deal


The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to a one-year, $850,000 contract.

Beaulieu was an unrestricted free agent after completing a two-year, $1.25 million cap he signed with the Winnipeg Jets. He was playing with the Ducks in the preseason on a pro tryout, where he scored one goal in two preseason games with them.

Beaulieu struggled to stay in the roster in 2021-22 with the Jets, playing just 24 games for them. He got just four assists that year and hasn’t scored a single goal since the 2019-20 season.

Beaulieu also struggled defensively last season as they were outplayed at an extreme level. He finished the season with a 5-on-5 shot attempt share of 41.63% and a 5-on-5 expected goal share of 39.6%, both low totals even considering he played in a Jets team that also struggled defensively.

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Beaulieu will likely serve as an experienced depth for the Ducks blue line, especially following Urho Vaakanainen’s injury in last night’s preseason game against the San Jose Sharks, which saw him stretched out of the ice. Beaulieu joins Dmitry Kulikov and Colton White as the Ducks’ offseason additions to the blue line who are likely to make the NHL roster.



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