Beauchemin is set to retire as a member of the Ducks, the Orange County Register reports. With the Ducks getting swept by the Sharks on Wednesday, this marks an unfortunate end to an illustrious career for Beauchemin. Turning 38 years old in June, the Quebec native spent his 14 years in the NHL predominantly in Anaheim, but he also had stints in Montreal, Columbus, Toronto and Colorado, adding 76 goals and 212 assists over 903 games. Perhaps his best attribute was that cannon for a point shot, though we'd be remiss to leave out how he was an excellent leader who would have no trouble clearing 100 blocked shots in a season.
Beauchemin dished out assists on goals from Nick Ritchie and Andrew Cogliano, helping his side earn a 3-1 win over Minnesota on Wednesday. After scoring 11 points in his first 58 games, Beauchemin now has six points in his past seven games, including five assists. Beauchemin is definitely not a reliable scorer, but he is hot at the moment, as unlikely as it might seem. If you're looking for a cheap play in daily leagues in an effort to ride his hot streak, there are certainly worse ideas.
Beauchemin scored a goal in the third period and added an assist in a 4-0 win over Calgary on Wednesday. Points are an adventure for Beauchemin, who only has 13 on the season and has always been more comfortable preventing goals than scoring them. As such, he's valuable to the Ducks, but fantasy owners might have a harder time getting much out of him. The reality is that unless he's giving you blocked shots and hits, he doesn't have a lot of fantasy value, this performance marking a rare exception.
Beauchemin was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game during Tuesday's 4-0 win over Washington. This was the fifth time in eight games the veteran has watched from the press box. Beauchemin has been a modest fantasy contributor when in the lineup with 11 points, 74 shots, 18 PIM, 82 hits, 98 blocked shots and a plus-6 rating through 52 contests. However, as long as Anaheim has a healthy defense corps, he projects to continue playing sparingly.
Beauchemin was a healthy scratch for Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Rangers. The veteran has been receiving the odd game off over the past month and a half, and he's only playing sparingly in a supporting role when in the lineup now that the Anaheim defense corps is at full health. With just two goals and seven assists through 40 games, Beauchemin's fantasy value is tied to his work in the peripheral categories. He's recorded a respectable 57 shots, 14 PIM, 56 hits, 81 blocked shots and plus-9 rating, but those numbers still have him off the grid in most setups.
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