• Avs Upgrade Blue Line, Sign Beauchemin

    News: Francois Beauchemin signed a three-year, $13.5 million contract with the Avalanche on Wednesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
    Analysis: Francois Beauchemin will give the Avs an experienced, left-handed defender to pair up with the team's most dynamic offensive talent on the blue line, Tyson Barrie. Coach Patrick Roy will largely task Beauchemin will providing sound play in front of netminder Semyon Varlamov, who was routinely barraged by shot attempts last season. At 35 years old, Beauchemin is probably on the downside of his career, but still possesses enough skill as a hitter and shot blocker to help upgrade the Avs' overall defense.
  • Ducks' Beauchemin Sets Up Goal In Game 4

    News: Francois Beauchemin registered an assist, three shots on goal, and four blocks in Saturday's Game 4 loss to the Blackhawks.
    Analysis: It's the 27th career postseason helper for Francois Beauchemin, who tied Scott Niedermayer for first among defensemen in franchise history. The set up for Emerson Etem allowed Beauchemin to atone for his miscue earlier in the game that allowed the Blackhawks' Brandon Saad to pot the game's first goal.
  • Ducks' Beauchemin Notches Two Assists In Game 4

    News: Francois Beauchemin racked up two assists in 24:04 of ice time in Friday's Game 4 win over Calgary.
    Analysis: Francois Beauchemin now has three points in the second round, with both of Friday's assists coming on the power play. All told, the 34-year-old veteran is having himself a strong postseason, recording five assists and a plus-3 rating in eight games. While he's typically not a huge offensive producer, Beauchemin logs heavy minutes and can be counted on defensively, which makes him a valuable cog for the Ducks even when he's not scoring.
  • Ducks' Beauchemin Records Two Points In Game 3 Win

    News: Francois Beauchemin registered two assists in Game 3 on Monday, helping the Ducks to a 5-4 overtime win over the Jets.
    Analysis: Francois Beauchemin's helpers went down as his first points in this quarterfinal round of the playoffs. The veteran defender had 11 goals and 12 assists in the regular season, tallying two points in a contest one other time (April 1 against Edmonton). He's a solid play in daily leagues and most playoff pools.
  • Ducks' Beauchemin Opens Scoring In Victory

    News: Francois Beauchemin scored his 11th of the season in a 5-1 rout of the Oilers.
    Analysis: The goal marks his second in as many games, his third streak of two or more games with goals this season. He was also able to tally an assist in the game, which pushed him into second all-time amongst Ducks defensemen in assists. He is now 78 behind all-time leader Scott Niedermayer.
  • Ducks' Beauchemin Hits 10-Goal Plateau

    News: Francois Beauchemin netted the game-winner early in the third Sunday in New Jersey.
    Analysis: This marks the first time in his 10-year career that Francois Beauchemin has reached double digits in goal, a remarkable achievement for a defenseman who gets limited power play ice time. Beauchemin's previous high in goals was eight.
  • Ducks' Beauchemin Tallies Goal In Win

    News: Francois Beauchemin tallied a goal in the Ducks' 2-1 win over the Wild on Friday.
    Analysis: Francois Beauchemin scored in the game's first minute to give the Ducks an early advantage. The blueliner was a hot waiver-wire pickup after notching five goals and two assists in a span of 11 games from Feb. 12 through Mar. 4, but his production has largely died down of late. The goal marked his first point in four games, with Beauchemin only putting five shots on net over that span.
  • Ducks' Beauchemin Scores In Third Straight Game

    News: Francois Beauchemin scored the go-ahead goal in Monday's shootout win over the Red Wings to extend the veteran defenseman's goal streak to three games.
    Analysis: The scoring is definitely a nice bonus for Francois Beauchemin owners, as he is usually deployed in a largely defensive role. However, With fellow blue-liner Sami Vatanen out for an extended period of time, Beauchemin may continue to see increased opportunity to get on the scoresheet. Worth a look in leagues with deeper formats.
  • Ducks' Beauchemin: Four Points In Last Five Games

    News: Francois Beauchemin picked up a power-play goal in Saturday's 2-1 win over Edmonton. He now has four points, including three goals, in his last five games.
    Analysis: There's still some fuel in this 34-year-old's tank and he can deliver some respite from the injuries that are riddling a lot of fantasy blue lines. Check the wire.
  • Ducks' Beauchemin Gets Assist In OT Win

    News: Francois Beauchemin collected an assist in Tuesday's overtime win over the Hurricanes.
    Analysis: Francois Beauchemin had been held off the score sheet for the previous five games. The blueliner possesses less offensive potential than second-pair mate Hampus Lindholm, but has historically submitted useful hit and blocked shot totals.