The Anaheim Ducks have locked up some forward depth for the next couple of years as they announced they have inked Nicolas Deslauriers to a two-year contract extension that will keep the winger under contract until 2022. The Athletic’s Eric Stephens adds that the deal is worth $2MM total with a $1MM AAV.
The 28-year-old has been an NHL regular since the 2014-15 season as a bottom-six option, who provides size and the ability to provide a much-needed physical presence on a young team that is trying to rebuild. With that rebuilding route likely to take another year or two, it makes sense to lock up Deslauriers to protect some of that young talent that continues to filter into the team’s system.
While he doesn’t provide much offense, the 6-foot-3 forward already has 109 hits and 80 penalty minutes and 12 fights in 45 games. He averages just 9:32, but the team believes that his presence on the team’s fourth line could provide that much-needed energy boost. After four years in Buffalo and two years with Montreal, Deslauriers struggled to establish himeself in Dallas Eakins’ lineup, but has now played 33 straight games with the Ducks. Anaheim acquired Deslauriers this summer from the Canadiens for a 2020 fourth-round pick.