How a $1.8 million, 2-year, 20-percent raise helped the Anaheim Ducks land a big-name NHLer


The Anaheim Ducks are thrilled to be adding another big-time NHLer.

The team on Wednesday announced it has signed defenseman Chris Wagner to a three-year deal worth $1,829,000 per season with an average annual value of $1 million.

The 31-year-old is a two-time Norris Trophy winner and a two time Stanley Cup winner.

He also has five assists and is tied for the league lead with 15 goals and 45 points in 74 games this season.

Wagner also brings experience to the Anaheim roster and has played in six playoff games this year.

He has 10 points (two goals, five assists) and a plus-seven rating in 46 career playoff games with Anaheim.

Wings general manager Bob Murray praised Wagner’s ability to adapt to the NHL and how he’s used his strength and size to his advantage.

He was a first-round draft pick in 2010 and has appeared in eight games with the Ducks this season, recording three assists.

Wyatt Earp is a former first-rounder of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, which is owned by the Minnesota Twins.

Earp played with the team for two seasons and scored three goals and six assists in 82 games.

He signed a one-year contract extension with the Minnesota Wild this season and will turn 31 on May 1.

He had 19 goals and 30 points in 79 games with Minnesota last season.

Earps is a second-team All-Star and a five-time all-star.

Earp is the first Minnesota player to play in the NHL since Kevin Shattenkirk in 2004.

The Anaheim Ducks will have four rookies on their roster.

They are expected to have six NHLers on the roster this season: forwards Christian Ehrhoff, Andrew Cogliano, Jake Bean, Dylan Olsen and Jake Virtanen.

The Ducks also have five goaltenders on the 25-man roster: Jonathan Bernier, Matt Murray, Anders Nilsson, Chad Johnson and Andrew Desjardins.

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