It was announced today that the Vancouver Canucks have signed pending restricted free agent Sven Baertschi to a two year contract extension.
The press release included the financials with Baertschi making $1.7 million in the first year of the contract, and then $2.0 million in the second year for an annual cap hit of $1.85 million per season.
Oh Baeby! Sven Baertschi inks two-year extension with #Canucks.
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) June 16, 2016
The deal makes sense across the board. Baertschi gets the security of two year deal and a sizeable raise from the $900,000 that he was making last year. While the Canucks are not committed long term and still retain his RFA rights at the end of the contract, thus having the security of controlling his next negotiations.
Although Baertschi didn’t put up huge offensive numbers in the first half of the season but was responsible defensively and pushing the play forward. He then found chemistry with Bo Horvat and went from there, finishing the season with 15 goals and 13 assists in 69 games.
The Canucks now have $63.71 million committed next season.
The key for Beartschi will be to hit the ground running to start the season, and based on his performance in the latter half of last season, it’s fair to believe that will happen.
Simply put – good deal for both sides.