Jul 1, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT
After trading Lubomir Visnovsky at the draft, the Anaheim Ducks had a void to fill on their blueline — and on the opening day of free agency, they filled it.
Allen, 31, spent the last season-and-a-half in Carolina after being dealt from Florida at the 2011 trade deadline. The defensive defenseman appeared in 82 games for the ‘Canes last season, recording 1G-13A-14 points while averaging just over 19 minutes a game.
Like everybody not named Brad Boyes, Allen got a raise today. He was making $2.9 million annually on his last deal.
It’ll be interesting to see what other moves Anaheim makes this summer. GM Bob Murray has constructed a solid — if unspectacular — blueline of Allen, Francois Beauchemin, Toni Lydman, Cam Fowler and Luca Sbisa, all for the relatively low price of $14 million.
That could provide flexibility to add salary in any (potential) move involving Bobby Ryan.
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