Defenseman Steve McCarthy has signed a one-year contract with the Ducks. The 28-year-old defenseman has appeared in 302 career NHL games but played last season in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), going scoreless with 16 PIM in 18 games with Ufa Salavat Yulayev.
He has modest career totals of 17 goals and 55 points in an NHL career that includes stints with the Blackhawks, Canucks and Thrashers during an eight-year NHL career. McCarthy last appeared in the NHL with Atlanta in 2007-08, collecting a goal and seven points with 48 PIM in 55 games. In 2006-07, he matched a personal best in points (16) while setting a career high in assists with the Thrashers.
Originally selected by Chicago in the first round (23rd overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, McCarthy spent his first four NHL seasons with Chicago before being acquired by Vancouver in exchange for a third-round selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft on Aug. 22, 2005. During his first season with the Canucks in 2005-06, he was acquired by Atlanta in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft on Mar. 9, 2006.