Ducks Add Depth By Signing Three Players

Photo: Ontario Reign YouTube

Photo: Ontario Reign YouTube

By Michael Walters

Today the Anaheim Ducks made official the signings of left-wing Mason Raymond, right-wing Jared Boll, and defenseman Jeff Schultz.

Mason Raymond

On the 4th of July, the Ducks reached terms with Raymond, which were finalized today. The contract is a one-year two-way deal worth $675,000 NHL / $225,000 AHL. As mentioned in yesterday’s article Raymond did play for Randy Carlyle in Toronto during the 2013-14 season. He played the previous six NHL seasons in Vancouver with Ryan Kesler and Kevin Bieksa. Raymond had his second best season under Carlyle in 2013-14, scoring 19 goals and recording 45 total points. He hasn’t performed as well since leaving Vancouver and joining Calgary, where he played the last two seasons scoring 28 total points(16G + 12A) in 86 games. He has good skating speed and ability to score, but has been plagued by inconsistency recently. He will likely play a bottom six forward role in Anaheim’s offense or be sent to San Diego.

Jared Boll

Boll is a right-shooting right-wing, who spent his entire career with the Columbus Blue Jackets starting in the 2007-08 season. He recorded 62 total points(27G + 35A) with a +/- of -49. He is an enforcer and his role will be to get opponents off their game, while protecting higher profile players on the Ducks(assuming he stays in Anaheim). According to dropyourgloves.com, Boll has been in 253 fights(including minor league).

He did sign a two-year one-way contract worth $900,000 each year. Murray could have signed him for two years to help Anaheim meet the minimum requirement of exposed players in the expansion draft. In order to meet the requirement for forwards, there must be two who are a) under contract in 2017-18 and b) played in 40 or more NHL games the prior season OR played in 70 or more NHL games in the prior two seasons. The Ducks only had 7 forwards(including Rickard Rakell) under contract in 2017-18 before Boll’s signing. The Ducks needed to add two forwards through 2017-18 if they want to elect with the option of protecting seven forwards in the upcoming expansion draft. Adding Boll and another forward for at least two seasons will allow Anaheim to meet the requirement.

Jeff Schultz

Jeff Schultz (not to be confused with Justin Schultz) signed a two-way one-year deal worth $575,000 NHL / $250,000 AHL. He spent a majority of his team in the AHL system for the Los Angeles Kings over the last three years. He had 8 goals and 39 assists for 47 total points during the past three seasons. Schultz is a depth move and will likely play with the San Diego Gulls. If Murray does trade a defenseman on Anaheim’s roster, then Schultz will help the Gulls in case Shea Theodore or Brandon Montour get called up for an extended length of time.

Work In Progress

Bob Murray is still in search of a top six left-shooting left wing that can provide offense. On the free agent market, the players that fit the profile are Jiri Hudler(16 goals last season), Kris Versteeg(15 goals last season), and Matt Cullen(16 goals last season), who can play center or left-wing. Hudler and Versteeg may cost too much as both had salaries at or above $4 million last year. Cullen would be a cheaper option, but at the age of 39, he might not be what Murray is looking for. Murray may have to look for a trade instead given the budget constraints placed on him and the fact that Hampus Lindholm and Rickard Rakell still need to be signed.

The Ducks also need a backup goalie for John Gibson. Some cost-effective free agent options include Jhonas Enroth, Ben Scrivens, and Karri Ramo. Montreal also added Al Montoya to their lineup, so Mike Condon might available via a trade.

For all the transactions this summer please visit: Ducks Summer 2016 Transaction Tracker

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