NHL free agency 2013: Ducks re-sign Matt Beleskey

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The Ducks are bringing Matt Beleskey back for two years.

The Anaheim Ducks have re-signed Matt Beleskey to a two-year contract. According to Helene Elliot, the deal will pay Beleskey $2.7 million.

Beleskey had eight goals and added five assists in 42 games for the Ducks in 2013. His role on the team grew as the season went along. Head coach Bruce Boudreau leaned upon his energetic, physical play and moved him around from line to line with regularity. Beleskey led the Ducks in hits during the regular season and kept up the physicality in the playoffs while cutting down his penalty minutes, which were problematic in the regular season.

The Ducks have done well to build their young core with Cam Fowler, Kyle Palmieri and Emerson Etem. By re-signing Beleskey as well as trading for Jakob Silfverberg, they have ensured that their young player will continue to play a big part in the team and with one of the NHL's better group of prospects, the Ducks figure to stay young and good for the foreseeable future.

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