The Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks have come to terms on extensions with two of their recent acquisitions. Kevin Bieksa and the Ducks have signed a two-year deal, while the Blackhawks and Artem Anisimov came to terms on a five-year contract.
Bieksa, who went from the Vancouver Canucks to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a second-round pick in 2016, was said to be closing in on an extension with the team as early as Tuesday evening. As of Wednesday morning, it was reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman that Bieksa has his new deal.
According to Friedman, the extension is for two years at $8 million and also carries a no-trade clause. The terms of the clause – whether it’s limited and, if so, to how many teams – have not been reported. The average cap hit of $4 million is less than what Bieksa is currently making, as his current deal has the Ducks on the hook for $4.6 million hit this upcoming season.
Prior to landing in Anaheim, Bieksa was rumored to be involved in a deal that would have sent him to San Jose, but that trade was nixed after the Canucks and Sharks failed to reach an agreement.
Meanwhile, following the blockbuster trade of Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets, new Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov has signed a five-year contract extension, reports TSN’s Darren Dreger.
The extension is valued at $22.75 million, or an annual cap hit of $4.55 million. Following the acquisition of Anisimov, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman had said the club was working on an extension, but it’s surprising how quickly it came together. All said and done, the extension is a more than $1.2 million raise over what Anisimov was previously making.
The acquisition of Anisimov and subsequent re-signing sets up for him to be the second-line center in Chicago, replacing Brad Richards who is likely to depart via free agency Wednesday.