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Anaheim Ducks sign D Sheldon Brookbank to 2-year contract, avoiding free agency

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Defenceman Sheldon Brookbank has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks.

Brookbank would have been an unrestricted free agent this summer, but agreed Wednesday to stay with the Ducks.

The 29-year-old defenceman played in a career-high 66 games last season, scoring nine points and accumulating 114 penalty minutes. The longtime AHL defenceman finally won a regular NHL job with New Jersey in 2007-08 before the Devils traded him on Feb. 3, 2009, to Anaheim, the franchise that originally signed him in 2003.

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The Ducks also have defencemen Lubomir Visnovsky, Steve Eminger and Brett Festerling under contract for next season. Captain Scott Niedermayer hasn’t announced whether he’ll return to Anaheim or retire.