Matt Beleskey rejects Ducks' contract offer
JUN 24, 2:17a ET | Abbey Mastracco
Rotowire: Jul 1 / 3:43p ET
News: The Bruins signed Beleskey to five-year contract on Wednesday, TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Per the report, the deal is worth $19 million, making for an average annual value of $3.8 million. The 27-year-old Beleskey, who notched a career-high 22 goals with the Ducks in 2014-15 while adding 10 assists in 65 games, slots in as a top-six forward for the B's, a role that should allow him to retain fantasy utility in his new uniform. He'll be counted on to help replace fellow left winger Milan Lucic, who was recently traded to the Kings.
StatsLLC: Jul 1 / 12:00a ET
News: The Bruins signed left winger Beleskey, one of the more coveted available forwards, to a five-year contract with a charge against the NHL salary cap of $3.8 million per season.
Impact: Beleskey shined in the playoffs for Anaheim, helping it come within a victory of reaching the Stanley Cup Final.
Rotowire: Jun 23 / 5:53p ET
News: Ducks GM Bob Murray acknowledged Tuesday that Beleskey will become a free agent on July 1 after the team's best offer was rejected, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: In a weak free-agent class, Beleskey figures to be one of the more highly sought-after wingers, which will likely price out the cap-conscious Ducks. Beleskey's value was almost exclusively tied to his ability to finish off feeds from top-line studs Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, so there likely won't be too many destinations league-wide that would project as more favorable for his production. That being said, it's hard to fault Beleskey for making what looks to be a solid decision from a financial standpoint.