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Anaheim Ducks sign former Buffalo blue-liner Toni Lydman to 3-year deal

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenceman Toni Lydman to a three-year contract.

Lydman was a free agent after spending the past five seasons with the Buffalo Sabres.

The Ducks desperately needed a top-line defenceman after losing captain Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger and Francois Beauchemin over the past two summers. Niedermayer retired last month.

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Lydman has 33 goals and 165 assists in nine NHL seasons with Calgary and Buffalo, including 20 points and a plus-10 rating for the Sabres last season. He also played for Finland in the past two Olympics.