Canucks sign Brandon Sutter to 5-year, $21.875 million contract extension

Thomas Drance
August 04 2015 04:31PM

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The Canucks will have a big bodied defensive centre in the middle of their lineup for the forseeable future.

As expected the Vancouver Canucks extended the contract of recent trade acquisition Brandon Sutter on Tuesday, handing the six-foot-three pivot a hefty five-year contract worth $21.875 million (for an annual average value of $4.35 million). 

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Report: Canucks closing in on 5-year extension for Brandon Sutter

Thomas Drance
July 30 2015 11:40AM

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The Vancouver Canucks are close to signing newly acquired centreman Brandon Sutter to a five-year extension worth somewhere in the neighbourhood of $22 million in total, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Sutter, 26, is a pending unrestricted free agent who managed to score more than 20 goals for the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. He's a large and sturdy defensive centreman with a propensity for getting buried in his own end of the rink and producing even-strength offense at a pedestrian rate.

If the annual average value of Sutter's contract extension comes in a just under $4.4 million per, as Friedman expects, then that will be roughly in-line with what we've seen high-end third-line centremen paid for their unrestricted seasons recently.

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Relive the 2001-02 Vancouver Canucks season

Thomas Drance
July 29 2015 03:30PM

It was the second year the Vancouver Canucks' very fun West Coast Express era, and though the club earned the good will of the city by reacquiring Trevor Linden in a deal with the Washington Capitals, they were poised to miss the playoffs. 

Then they got hot...

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Canucks ink Sven Baertschi to 1-year, $900k contract

Thomas Drance
July 28 2015 04:00PM

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The Vancouver Canucks have locked up their final restricted free agent player, Swiss-born winger Sven Baertschi, with a one-year, one-way deal the club announced on Tuesday.

Baertschi didn't accept his qualifying offer by the July 15 deadline, and was reportedly told to wait on the club clearing salary cap space. With the consummation of the Brandon Sutter trade earlier on Tuesday afternoon, it would appear that young Bae's wait is over. 

The total value of the deal is $900,000 according to Elliotte Friedman (by way of the great Taj1944). That's about what you'd expect, and continues the Jim Benning era trend of locking up pre-arbitration restricted players to cheap one-year deals in July.

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Canucks acquire Brandon Sutter from Penguins for Bonino, Clendening

Thomas Drance
July 28 2015 10:04AM

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The Vancouver Canucks have been linked to Pittsburgh Penguins centre Brandon Sutter for years, certainly since he was the rumoured centrepiece in a Ryan Kesler trade at the 2014 NHL trade deadline. 

On Tuesday the club actually acquired the 26-year-old defensive centre in a deal that included the actual centrepiece of the Kesler deal, Nick Bonino. In addition to Bonino the club will send the Penguins a second-round draft pick and defenseman Adam Clendening, while the Penguins will even out the deal (sort of) by sending Vancouver a third-round pick.

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