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Ducks update: Francois Beauchemin gets a contract extension

January 20, 2012 |  2:30 pm


Score two goals and add an assist in one game and along comes a contract extension.

The serious truth is the Ducks have been working a deal with veteran Francois Beauchemin long before he scored three points against the Coyotes on Wednesday night. 

On Friday, the team announced that the defenseman has agreed to a three-year extension. The move takes him off the market as he would have been an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

His deal is worth $10.5 million. The breakdown is $3.5 million in each of the next three years.

Beauchemin has six goals and 18 points in 45 games this season and is a plus-one on the plus-minus scale.

The 31-year-old is in his second tour with the Ducks. Previously, he was with them for three seasons, including the run to the Stanley Cup in 2007, and then signed with Toronto before the 2009-10 season. Beauchemin came back to Anaheim a little less than a year ago in a trade with the Maple Leafs for right winger Joffrey Lupul, defenseman Jake Gardiner and a future conditional draft pick.

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

-- Lisa Dillman

Photo: Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin battles Kings winger Ryan Smyth (9) for the puck during a game last season. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press