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Ducks extend Cam Fowler for five years, $20M

Sep 15, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

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The Anaheim Ducks continued today’s trend of last-minute contract extensions, locking up speedy defenseman Cam Fowler to a five-year contract extension.

The deal will be worth $20 million overall and $4 million per season according to Curtis Zupke. That means Fowler is under contract through the 2017-18 campaign.

Fowler replaces Lubomir Visnovsky in two significant ways: being the teams go-to skating blueliner and becoming Anaheim’s highest-paid defenseman once that extension kicks in.

The 20-year-old still has a year left on his entry-level contract. He fell to the Ducks as the 12th pick in the 2010 NHL Draft after many believed he would go third overall.

Fowler has shown offensive flair so far in his career, but a -53 rating in two seasons also highlights significant room to improve in his own end.

Matt Reitz reports that Ducks GM Bob Murray described Fowler as “a character kid with a great chance to become an elite defenseman.”

  1. jimw81 - Sep 15, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Lol another ridiculous contract. Does Billy daily want to retract his statement?

  2. xaf605 - Sep 15, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    If things are so bad under current cba why are these teams signing players today before it runs out

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      Because they don’t know how things might change once the new CBA is figured out. Sort of the “devil you know is better than the devil you don’t” argument.

  3. phillyphanatic76 - Sep 15, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    These owners are seriously destroying their whole arguement as to why they deserve more than 43%. If the current cba is so terrible, as the league wants us to think, then why are all these organizations scrambling to sign deals before it expires. Do they think we just won’t notice that theyre saying one thing and then doing the complete opposite? It’s beyond hypocritical. Are they signing these hefty contracts with expectation that the new CBA will roll back player salaries? They’re taking hockey from us to fix a system that isn’t broken. The players will lose plenty of paychecks but I bet Bettmans $8million salary won’t be affected, and that’s why the owners think they can wait out the union. Rich scumbags.

  4. fortwaynekomets - Sep 15, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    he is a great young talent. glad to see him stay in Anaheim!

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