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Ducks sign Sheldon Brookbank to contract extension

The Anaheim Ducks, who are waiting to hear whether Scott Niedermayer will be returning or retiring, signed defenseman Sheldon Brookbank to a two-year contract extension for $1.5 million.

Brookbank, 29, was acquired from the New Jersey Devils in February 2009 for David McIntyre. He played in 66 games this season, collecting nine assists and finishing with a plus-10 rating and 59 blocked shots -- all career highs.

“Sheldon Brookbank is a true professional and character player who brings toughness to our team,” Ducks General Manager Bob Murray said. “He earned this extension and we look forward to him taking the next step in his NHL career.”

-- Debbie Goffa

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