The Anaheim Ducks have inked winger Chris Stewart to a one-year contract worth $1.7 million, according to a report Saturday evening from John Shannon of Sportsnet.
The Ducks have yet to officially announce any deal for the 27-year-old Stewart.
It’s worth noting that enforcer Brian McGrattan announced his deal with the Ducks via Twitter well before the club did.
Stewart spent last season with the Buffalo Sabres and then the Minnesota Wild following the NHL trade deadline.
Stewart scored a combined 14 goals and 36 points last season with both the Sabres and Wild, and he also brings size on the wing at 6’2″ tall and 231 pounds and an element of toughness.
In a letter authored for the Players’ Tribune, retired NHL defenseman Sheldon Souray reminisced about the players, personalities, executives and family members that helped shape his playing career, which has officially come to a close.
He also discussed how he finally got his big break in hockey as a teenager, following a brawl during his minor hockey days in Alberta and how that led him to play in neighboring British Columbia.
From the Players’ Tribune:
I could thank a million more people for making my life so special. I knew this had been coming for a long time, but when I woke up the first morning after officially announcing my retirement, I definitely had a heavy heart. It’s not the spotlight that I’m going to miss. It’s the moments of tedium spent with the boys. When I’m 70 years old and looking back on this wild life, I don’t think I’ll get nostalgic about skating out in front of 20,000 people, as cool as it was. But I will get a little misty for the times me and a few of the boys broke curfew after a terrible loss in Minnesota and sat around the hotel room with a case of beer, trying to solve the world’s problems.
It went fast. It was a blast. I can’t believe it happened.
I was just a wannabe who got to be. What a ride.
Armed with a wicked slap shot, Souray played 758 regular season games in the NHL, scoring 109 goals and 300 points. He also played in 40 Stanley Cup playoff games, scoring three goals and 11 points.
His last NHL game came on May 12, 2013. That summer, he suffered a torn wrist ligament that eventually required surgery the following year.
Andre Deveaux, who earlier this year slashed an unsuspecting opponent during warm-ups prior to a Swedish league game, has been exonerated by Swedish officials for his role in the attack, according to The Canadian Press.
Deveaux played 31 games in the NHL, including 22 for the Toronto Maple Leafs combined between the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. He recorded two assists and 104 penalty minutes in his brief NHL career.
A member of the Swedish club Rogle BK, there was a report at the end of March that Deveaux had his contract terminated following the incident — a vicious two-handed slash to Per Helmersson of Vasteras IK.
“I fully co-operated with authorities throughout this entire ordeal, despite the unfair process and inaccurate reporting by the Swedish media,” said Deveaux, as per The Canadian Press.
“I was always confident that this investigation would go nowhere.
“It was unwarranted, particularly given the facts. I now look forward to Rogle BK living up to their obligations.”
In April, the Swedish league suspended Deveaux until February of 2016.