Missing bodies largely defined the Ducks’ training camp and that theme continues into the start of the season. They’ll at least have Josh Manson in their lineup now and throughout the foreseeable future. The Ducks locked up their most physical defenseman Wednesday, signing Manson to a four-year contract extension worth $16.4 million. The deal kicks in next year and will carry a $4.1 million salary cap charge, with Manson making $3.25 million in 2018-19, $4.25 million in 2019-20 and $4.45 million in 2020-21 and 2021-22. Manson, 25, had the possibility of going into next summer with arbitration rights when it came to hammering out a new contract after his current two-year bridge deal expires. Not only has that been removed from the table but the two sides agreed on a figure that will also eat up two years of eligible unrestricted free agency. “In a way, I definitely wanted to get it done before the season started,” Manson said. “I know it was something the Ducks had mentioned they wanted to do as well. Try to kind of get it all sorted out before the season got going. “It is a little bit of a relief to have it done with and now I can focus a little bit more on the team and the season going forward here.” After Ducks general manager Bob Murray traded Shea Theodore to make sure the Vegas Golden Knights, wouldn’t take him in the expansion draft, Manson hoped that a contract extension would come on the back side of their commitment to him. It did.
Ducks ink Josh Manson to four-year extension, add two veterans to injured reserve
Orange County Register | Oct 5