Beleskey rejects Ducks’ offer, headed to free agency

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After saying the club would take one final shot at signing Matt Beleskey on Monday, Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray told reporters on Tuesday that talks have broken off.

Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reports that the Ducks’ latest offer to Beleskey was “rejected immediately”, according to Murray.

Beleskey, who took home $1.4 million during the 2014-15 season, will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

According to Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times, Anaheim’s final offer to Beleskey was believed to be a four-year extension worth $16 million.

“We’ve done a lot of work here and we’ve turned him into a pretty good hockey player,” Murray said per Dillman. “I could have traded him the day before the deadline – I had a deal – and I just said ‘No, that was wrong for my hockey team.'”

The 27-year-old set career highs in goals (22), assists (10) and points (32) in 65 games last season.