The Anaheim Ducks have signed forward Rickard Rakell to a six-year, $22.8 million contract extension. The contract carries a $3.8 million cap hit.
Rakell was a restricted free agent and one of two Ducks unable to reach a deal before the team’s season opener, a 4-2 loss in Dallas Thursday night. Defenseman Hampus Lindholm remains out of the lineup without a contract.
This is an outstanding deal for Anaheim.
Rakell has shown tremendous upside over the past few seasons. He is coming off a season in which he recorded career highs in goals (20), assists (23), points (43) and power-play points (10). He also led the team in game-winning goals (7) and overtime goals (2).
This deal will keep Rakell in Anaheim through the 2021-2022 season.
The 23-year-old was selected 30th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He has recorded 29 goals and 78 points in 165 regular-season games as well as three goals and five points in 27 postseason games, all with Anaheim.
Rakell is currently out of the lineup after undergoing surgery to remove scar tissue related to an appendectomy from last season. Rakell was named to Team Sweden in the World Cup of Hockey in September but left the tournament after missing a game due to illness. It was then reported that he needed surgery.
He is making progress in his recovery and is expected to return to the lineup in a few weeks.
Rakell's agent said he'll be on ice today in Sweden and is getting stronger. Needs to step up practice level but possibly ready in 2 weeks.
— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) October 14, 2016
The Ducks have a lot of depth up the middle, especially with the offseason signing of Antoine Vermette. It’s likely that Rakell will slot in on the wing on one of the top three lines once he returns to the lineup.
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