The Anaheim Ducks have given defenseman Josh Manson a two-year, one-way contract extension with a cap hit of $825,000.
The Ducks have since confirmed the signing, which was first reported by Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times.
Manson’s extension doesn’t kick in until 2016-17. He’ll still be on a two-way deal next season.
Manson split last season between the NHL and AHL. He had three assists in 28 games with the Ducks, having made his NHL debut in October.
The 23-year-old son of former NHLer Dave Manson will again have to compete for playing time next season. The Ducks have a deep blue line featuring Cam Fowler, Hampus Lindholm, Sami Vatanen, Simon Despres, Clayton Stoner, Korbinian Holzer, and new addition Kevin Bieksa.
Marco Sturm, the highest-scoring German player in NHL history, has agreed to become the head coach and general manager of Germany’s national team.
“I’m very proud that the DEB [German hockey federation] gives me the huge responsibility and I’m really immensely looking forward to this challenging and exciting task I will work on with huge motivation,” Sturm said, per the IIHF website. “Together we want to go the next step with German ice hockey.”
Sturm, 36, retired last January after a 15-year NHL career that went through San Jose, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington, Vancouver and Florida. He also represented Germany at nearly every international level, participating in three Winter Olympics.
As mentioned in his quote above, this new gig will be a challenge. Sturm, who doesn’t have any pro coaching experience, inherits a struggling national team; Germany finished a disappointing 10th at the 2015 World Hockey Championships, suffering one of the biggest blowouts of the tournament, a 10-0 loss to Canada.
This came on the heels of an equally disappointing effort at the ’14 tourney, in which the Germans needed group stage wins over Latvia and Kazakhstan to avoid relegation.
Currently, there are seven German skaters in the NHL: Tobias Rieder, Dennis Seidenberg, Christian Ehrhoff, Marcel Goc, Leon Draisaitl, Korbinian Holzer and David Wolf. Thomas Greiss and Philipp Grubauer are the country’s lone netminders.
Despite the fact he’s never played a game for them, Korbinian Holzer has been re-signed by the Ducks.
Holzer, a trade deadline acquisition from Toronto, has signed a one-year, $750,000 extension with Anaheim, the club announced on Thursday.
The German rearguard suffered a concussion just prior to getting dealt, an injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. Though he was eventually cleared to play, that clearance came during the playoffs, making it difficult for Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau to insert Holzer into the lineup.
When healthy, Holzer was a decent contributor for the Leafs. He had six points in 34 games, averaged 17 minutes per night and has good size (6-foot-3, 205 pounds).
In Anaheim, he’ll be battling for a seventh d-man job, possibly with the likes of Josh Manson and former first-round pick Shea Theodore.