Originally posted on On the Duck Pond  |  Last updated 1/21/12
The Ducks decided against allowing defenseman Francois Beauchemin the chance to be a free agent.  The last time that happened, Beauchemin, who was a key member of the 2007 Stanley Cup championship team, ended up going to the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Anaheim missed him dearly and ended up re-acquiring him last season at the trade deadline.

So on Friday, Anaheim signed Beauchemin to a three-year contract extension through the 2014-15 NHL season.   The contract extension pays $10.5 million, or $3.5 per year.

“Francois is a dedicated, versatile and hard-working defenseman who is committed to our organization,” GM Bob Murray said.  “We are extremely pleased to have him under contract for the next three years.”

This is certainly a win/win situation for everyone involved.

"I'm really excited to be here another three years," said Beauchemin. "We have a great group of guys and good young players. We're going to have a good team for awhile. It's just a matter of us keeping playing the way we've been playing lately.   People don't know this, but it is a lot of stress on the players and their families to not know what's going to happen in the future. When you get those extensions, it just feels great. Everyone is a lot more relaxed at home and we can move on and think about the future."

Part of that future involves back to back games at home against Ottawa on Saturday and Colorado on Sunday.  But it sure will be nice to have "Boom Boom" on the blue line for the next three years as well.

IN OTHER NOTES:  Center Mark Bell was recalled from Syracuse.  Jason Blake sat out of practice on Friday with a sore ankle.  He was hit hard by a puck on Wednesday night and suffered bruising, swelling and tenderness.  He should be available for the game against Ottawa, but if not, Bell will be there.
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