Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Antoine Laganiere chooses Anaheim

Antoine Laganiere (No. 28 above) is on his way to Anaheim. The sought-after free agent from Yale made his decision Tuesday night, turning down multiple offers that included Vancouver and Nashville for a two-year, entry-level deal that will take him straight to the NHL this week.

Laganiere, who will be ineligible for the playoffs, will return to Yale for final exams later this month.

Vancouver was thought to be the front-runner, though Nashville has put a full-court press on Laganiere since the start of the season. Paul Fenton, the assistant general manager for the Predators, had practically set up a second home at Ingalls Rink, attending nearly every home game.

The Yale connection to the Ducks is Dave Baseggio, one of the great defensemen in program history and former head coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, who is the director of professional scouting in Anaheim.Baseggio and Todd Marchant, also in the Ducks front office, were at several games this season.

Next up is Andrew Miller, expected to sign today with either the Blackhawks or Oilers.


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