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Ducks sign Francois Beauchemin to One-Year Deal

Ducks sign Francois Beauchemin to One-Year Deal Kerri Polizzi/via Flickr

Veteran defenseman returns for third tour of duty with Ducks


The Anaheim Ducks are looking to build off their trip to the Western Conference Final this past spring. On Monday, they yet again brought back a familiar face to help them.

The Ducks signed defenseman Francois Beauchemin to a one-year contract, the team announced Monday afternoon.

The 37-year-old had spent the last two seasons in Denver with the Colorado Avalanche. Beauchemin tallied 13 goals and 52 points in 163 games with the Avalanche.

This is Beauchemin’s third stop in Orange County. Originally a third round pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 1998, Beauchemin first came to Anaheim in 2005. He was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of the trade that saw Sergei Fedorov head to Columbus.

After leaving for Toronto in 2009, the Ducks reacquired Beauchemin on February 9, 2011 from the Maple Leafs. During the 2015 off-season, he signed a three-year deal with Colorado. The final year of his contract was bought out by the Avalanche earlier this summer.

The Quebec native now returns to the team where he has had the most success, team-wise and personally.


Beauchemin has played 525 regular season and 97 playoff games with the Ducks from 2005-2009 and 2011-15. In eight of those nine seasons, Anaheim has reached the postseason. He was part of the Ducks teams that reached the conference final in 2006, 2007, and 2015. He was also part of the Stanley Cup winning team in 2007.

While most people know that, what most people may not know is that Beauchemin is a franchise leader for Anaheim.

Beauchemin is in the top-3 all-time in regular season games played, goals, assists, points, plus/minus, and game winning goals for the Ducks. He is also the franchise leader in games played, goals, assists, and points in the postseason.

Statistically speaking, Beauchemin has put up his best numbers in a Duck sweater.

He has tallied 179 of 271 career points with Anaheim. His career-high for goals (11) came in 2014-15 with the Ducks. He set his career high for points (36) in 2005-06. While he did play 11 games for the Blue Jackets that season, 34 of those 36 points came with Anaheim.


While Beauchemin’s signing feels like a feel-good, welcome back signing, management sees it as much more than that.

It looks like the Ducks will be without two of their top-4 defensemen, Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen, to start the 2017-18 season. Both players had shoulder surgeries this off-season and have a recovery time of at least four months.

Bringing Beauchemin back means he can fill in one of their spots and the team won’t have to rush one of their younger defensemen who may not be fully ready yet.

Once Lindholm and Vatanen are ready to return, having an extra defender won’t hurt, especially if others get injured.

What surely made this signing easier for management is the familiarity both parties have with each other. As mentioned previously, Beauchemin has spent nine seasons with the Ducks. He is also familiar with Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle, having played under him from 2005-09 and 2011-12.

Carlyle knows what to expect from Beauchemin and will surely look for more of the same from the veteran defender.

Carlyle and management will also look for leadership from Beauchemin, which he has provided on every team he’s played for.

When discussing the signing today, Anaheim general manager Bob Murray said, “He will bring valuable leadership and help our young defensemen build character and be successful NHL players, as Francois has been in his career. We feel Francois still has a lot to give, and his passion and drive to win is unquestioned.”