The Anaheim Ducks have made a commitment to Francois Beauchemin, re-signing the veteran defenseman to a three-year contract extension today, according to USA Today.
Beauchemin was on track to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and rumors abounded about the Ducks dealing him before the trade deadline this winter. Instead, they locked him down until the 2014-15 season with a deal that will pay him $3.5 million per year.
Beauchemin was a key member of the Ducks team that won the Stanley Cup in 2007 -- he averaged more than 30 minutes a game that season and scored four goals. He left the team in free agency in 2009, signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the Ducks reacquired him last February. "Francois is a dedicated, versatile and hard-working defenseman who is committed to our organization," Ducks GM Bob Murray told USA Today.