February 02 2016 10:00AM
Not to be outdone by the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tom Sestito, the Vancouver Canucks announced a contract extension of their own yesterday, coming to terms on a two-year, one-way pact with Alex Biega, valued at $1.5-million.
#Canucks awaiting NHL approval on two-year, one-way $1.5 million US contract extension ($700,000, $800,000) for pending UFA Alex Biega.— Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) February 2, 2016
It was the first one-way contract of Biega's professional career and the dollar value in year one is $30,000 more than the combined AHL level income of his previous four deals combined - accounting for five plus years of professional hockey. This, at 27-years old, as a former fifth-round selection of the Buffalo Sabres. Safe to say the Biega family thoroughly enjoyed yesterday.
Just what took this underdog story so long to develop, anyways? By all accounts, Biega has been a steady - if unspectacular - blue liner at the AHL level for much of his professional career. Makes one wonder...
Nation World HQ
February 02 2016 07:00AM
In an effort to keep fans aware of the comings and goings of the other teams in the
Smythe Pacific Division… The fine folks at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In order of the Pacific Division standings… we present the Pacific War Room!
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 01 2016 06:22PM
Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/USA TODAY SPORTS
Now that the party has passed, teams are using the final hours of the NHL All-Star break to take care of unfinished business. For the Vancouver Canucks, it seems, that unfinished business includes locking up one of their pending Unrestricted Free Agents. The team agreed to terms with Alex Biega this evening, signing him to a two-year contract extension.
February 01 2016 03:00PM
The Canucks played one game this week (it was a loss) and no one cares how Alex Burrows and Matt Bartkowski spent their All-Star Breaks, so this week’s power rankings are about the things that do matter. I present to you the 2016 NHL All-Star Game Power rankings!
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
February 01 2016 02:25PM
What a time to be alive. It's February, the skies are clear (both in Vancouver and in my home office thousands of kilometres away) and we got to see Daniel Sedin rip it up in the All-Star Game last night. It's all downhill from here though; there's rain this week, the Canucks are going to have to start playing again soon, and worst of all, you have to read my mailbag responses. Let's get it over with, shall we?