It’s 2020, remember that when you read the next sentence. Derek Grant will sign a contract with the Anaheim Ducks according to Rick Dhaliwal of TSN. This will be the third stint for Grant in Anaheim after signing one-year contracts in 2017 and 2019. This time, Dhaliwal tweets that Grant will get a three-year pact with an average annual value of $1.5MM.
146 of Grant’s 264 career NHL games have been spent in Anaheim, though he seemingly finds himself on the move every year. In 2019-20 he ended up on the Philadelphia Flyers by the end of the season and actually fit in quite well, showing his versatility and adding a little bit of scoring punch to the bottom-six.
A $1.5MM salary doesn’t mean he has to provide more than he has in the past, but Grant has secured a three-year contract for the first time since 2011. That stability will hopefully let him play a full season for one team, though obvious Anaheim hasn’t had a problem trading him in the past.
This overheard from Trader Bob: “You’d better be good this time around, Derek! We’re starting to run out of patience around here!”
Derek Grant has been a good bottom 6 for the ducks over the past few years. With Rowney on his last year of his deal, Grant will be fine. Good depth, brings sandpaper to that bottom six that’s probably gonna be full of younger players like Jones, Comtois, and Lundestrom, possibly even Terry and Steel.
**ELITE NO. 1!!! Glad to see him back.
** The elite no. 1 thing is an inside joke between Ducks fans from when he had to take the #1 spot from Gets after everyone got injured during his first go around with us. He didn’t do half bad in that position, btw.