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Q&A: Beleskey Talks About Re-Signing with the Ducks

Sunday, 07.07.2013 / 8:12 PM / News
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Q&A: Beleskey Talks About Re-Signing with the Ducks
"I’m really excited. Being back with the Ducks for another two years was exactly what I wanted to do, and I’m just looking forward to being in Anaheim for the next few years."
By Adam Brady
AnaheimDucks.com


The uncertainty of free agency can be daunting for a player, but Matt Beleskey couldn't have asked for a better outcome this time around.

Today the 25-year-old Beleskey signed a two-year contract that will keep him a part of the Ducks organization through the 2014-15 season. It's a great arrangement for both Beleskey and the Ducks, who benefited from the 6-0, 206-pounder's physical play last season (a team-leading 103 hits) and some timely scoring (eight goals).

From his offseason home in Barrie, Ontario, Beleskey talked about how pleased he is to sign the new deal.

Q: How are you feeling right about now?
Beleskey: I’m really excited. Being back with the Ducks for another two years was exactly what I wanted to do, and I’m just looking forward to being in Anaheim for the next few years. I didn’t really want to go anywhere else, and it worked out the best way possible.

You’ve grown up in the Ducks organization. What is it you like about being here?
Obviously we have a great group of guys. Signing Pears and Getz for eight years just showed where the organization is going. You’ve got a bunch of young guys coming up who are exciting to watch. I thought we had a really good year last year, even though we didn’t finish off the way that we wanted to. Plus, living in SoCal isn’t too bad at all, that’s for sure. Living in Newport Beach and playing hockey is something not too many people get to do.

You mentioned last season didn’t end the way everyone had hoped, but do you remain optimistic about the makeup of this team?

Definitely. Starting from our goalies all the way to our top centerman in Getzy, it’s a good group of guys who work hard. We know what’s possible from last season, and that’s something we can definitely build on. I’m really looking forward to next season.


Are there areas you want to develop for next season and beyond?

Last season I started to find the scoring touch again, and I want to keep contributing that way. I want keep my physical play up and just keep being a more consistent player for our team, to be put in those big situations more often.

What was your reaction to hearing about the Bobby Ryan trade with Ottawa on Saturday?
It’s really tough to see a guy go, and I’ve played with Bobby since my first year pro in Iowa. It’s been awhile with me and him, and our girlfriends are really good friends, so it’s tough. It’s always tough when someone gets traded. But it’s a big opportunity for him going to Ottawa, where he’s going to be a top guy, and I wish him all the best.

"Starting from our goalies all the way to our top centerman in Getzy, it’s a good group of guys who work hard. We know what’s possible from last season, and that’s something we can definitely build on. I’m really looking forward to next season."
What have you done with your summer so far?
I stayed in Orange County for a month after the season, and did a little bit of surfing. My girlfriend [Victoria] and I went to Jamaica for a week. Now we’re back here in Barrie, and doing a little home renovating. We’re just trying to relax a bit. The summer is flying by. I have a few weddings to go to here before I go back. I’ll be back in early September and try to get moved in and ready to go.

How’s the dog?
Karl is doing great. He’s laying right here on the bed.

What kind of training are you doing?
I just started getting back on the ice two days a week, and I’m doing four days a week in the gym. I do some mountain biking and road bike training when I’m not in the gym. It’s pretty much go time now. It feels like the summer is almost winding down.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 

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