The Anaheim Ducks announced Sunday they have agreed to a one-year $1.7 million deal with right winger Chris Stewart. The league’s official website confirmed the deal and the contract figure for Stewart, who played for the Buffalo Sabres and Minnesota Wild in the 2014-15 NHL season. The right winger also confirmed the signing on Twitter with a simple message:
— chris stewart (@Cstew_80) July 12, 2015
The 27-year-old Stewart, who was selected as the 18th overall pick in the 2006 NHL Draft by the Colorado Avalanche, has 129 goals and 135 assists in 463 regular season games. He also has five goals and three assists in 27 career playoff games.
The Ducks traded Kyle Palmieri and Emerson Etem while Matt Beleskey was lost to free agency in earlier deals. Stewart will most likely get playing time at the forward position.
The Sabres dealt Stewart to the Wild on a trade deadline deal in 2015 in exchange for a second round pick in the 2017 draft.
Stewart, who is from Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, has also represented his country in international competition playing for the Canadian national team at the 2011 IIHF World Championships in Slovakia.
The Ducks finished the regular season with an impressive 51-24-7 record in the 2014-15 regular season but lost to eventual Stanley Cup champions the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals.