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Ducks sign defenseman Luca Sbisa to 4-year extension

March 8, 2011 | 11:57 am

Luis_300 The Ducks have signed defenseman Luca Sbisa to a four-year contract extension worth $8.7 million, running through the 2014-15 season.

"We are pleased to be able to reach an agreement with Luca on a long-term contract," General Manager Bob Murray said. "He has a bright future ahead of him and we look forward to watching him continue to develop."

Sbisa, 21, will earn $1.2 million next season, $2 million in 2012-13, $2.6 million in 2013-14 and $2.9 million in the final year of the contract. 

In 52 games this season, Sbisa has two goals and six assists and is averaging 16:23 time-on-ice.  He scored his first career NHL goal with the Ducks on Dec. 28 at Phoenix to help carry the Ducks past the Coyotes, 3-1.

Among team leaders, the 6-2, 207-pound blueliner currently ranks second in hits, with 131 on the season.

-- Debbie Goffa

Photo: Luis Sbisa. Credit: Jeff Gross / Getty Images

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