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Ducks Sign Brookbank to Two-Year Extension

Wednesday, 06.02.2010 / 4:38 PM / News
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Ducks Sign Brookbank to Two-Year Extension
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The Ducks have signed defenseman Sheldon Brookbank to a two-year contract extension. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

Brookbank, 29 (10/3/80), appeared in 66 games for the Ducks in 2009-10, scoring 0-9=9 points with a +10 rating and 114 penalty minutes (PIM). Brookbank, who appeared in his 100th career NHL game on Nov. 16 at Pittsburgh, set career highs in points, assists, plus/minus, PIM and blocked shots (59). The 6-1, 200-pound blueliner also finished second on the Ducks in plus/minus and PIM.

Acquired from New Jersey in exchange for David McIntyre on Feb. 3, 2009, Brookbank has collected 1-12=13 points with a +13 rating and 165 PIM in 95 career games with the Ducks. The Lanigan, Saskatchewan native has also appeared in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games for Anaheim, going scoreless with 18 PIM. Originally signed as a free agent by Anaheim on July 21, 2003, Brookbank appeared in 134 American Hockey League (AHL) contests with the Ducks’ Cincinnati affiliate from 2003-05, registering 3-20=23 points with 397 PIM. In 361 career AHL contests, Brookbank earned 29-96=125 points with 970 PIM. In 2006-07, he won the Eddie Shore Trophy as the AHL’s top defenseman, leading all blueliners in points (15-38=53) and assists.

Brookbank spoke to reporters via conference call Wednesday afternoon:

On the negotiations,
It kind of took time. With negotiating, both sides have their ideas in mind and it took us a little time to get there. But ultimately, I wanted to be back here in Anaheim and that was one of the big reasons we got it down quickly here at the end.

I was approached during the season and there were some talks, sometime in the second half of the season, between my agent and management. We didn’t rush into it at the time, so it took until now.

On testing the free agent market,
I thought about it a little bit. It’s always tempting to try and chase a little more money or whatever. But I was comfortable here and I didn’t want to get too greedy. I wanted to be somewhere where I fit in and I feel like I fit in here.  My wife likes it here a lot too, so there were definitely contributing factors for me staying. I like the situation here and I wanted to stay here since day 1.

On his role with the Ducks last season,
That was my main goal since breaking into the league, it becoming a full-time player. I signed my first NHL contract with the Ducks, and it’s comforting because they know they know exactly what I’m about. They had expectations for me back then and it didn’t work out in the timeframe they hoped for. But this ultimately is the place where I want to be and I can’t complain one bit.

On his development as a player,
I think I was able to know mentally if I was to make a mistake or get taken out the the lineup, I realize I couldn’t gain a lot by stressing over it. That’s something I battled with early in my career. Now I get over that and realize I can be an effective player at this level. The more you play, the better you feel, and I’ve focused on becoming a steady defenseman and on being a solid No. 5 or 6 defenseman on this team.

On looking ahead to next season,
It’s nice to have a little bit of certainty here and be able to move forward and not sit around wondering what’s going on. Now I know what my focus is and I’m going to make sure I’m ready, because we don’t want to have the same results we had last year.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 49 32 11 6 146 130 70
2 NSH 47 31 10 6 145 112 68
3 STL 47 30 13 4 153 115 64
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
11 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 48 15 35 10 50
R. Kesler 49 13 19 -2 32
C. Perry 34 19 12 15 31
S. Vatanen 49 10 20 3 30
M. Beleskey 48 19 7 12 26
P. Maroon 41 6 18 2 24
C. Fowler 48 5 18 4 23
H. Lindholm 48 5 16 13 21
J. Silfverberg 49 6 13 2 19
K. Palmieri 25 10 6 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 6 5 .919 2.22
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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