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Canucks sign Patrick Wiercioch to one year deal

The Canucks have dipped their toes in the UFA market again, signing depth defenceman Patrick Weircioch to a one-year deal worth $650,000. A show me deal at the league minimum.

The 6’5″ and 202 lbs blue liner just completed one season with the Colorado Avalanche where he earned $800,000.

Wiercioch was someone that Canucks Army has advocated over the years as a target for depth on the Canucks’ blue line. He has the ability to generate shots at an above average level while being fairly reliable on the defensive side of the game. In a third pairing role, you could do a lot worse than Wiercioch.

The benefit of the deal is that it is short and is league minimum. If Wiercioch is unable to secure a spot out of camp, he would likely clear waivers and become a call-up option when injuries hit. But you could expect him to secure a 5/6/7 spot and give the Canucks a big defender who has good underlying numbers.

The Canucks will have a good balance of size and puck-moving defencemen next season.

  • Whatthe...

    Another really solid signing…Benning is on fire right now. Owner reins off? Or is he just hitting his stride?

    He has made his mistakes but I’ve been a supporter of his plan (boooooooooo) but love the depth that exists at all levels. Can’t wait to track the development of his solid draft picks and their eventual addition to the NHL squad.

    • Cageyvet

      Agreed, hard to pick apart any of his recent graduate moves, and I have also supported the overall plan and made one key point time and again……he’s managing to re-shape the team without giving away any assets that are key pieces for the future. I had my misgivings about Shinkaruk and McCann, but even those seem to not be going to bite us badly, they may play but they don’t look like tier one players.

  • Goon

    Jim Benning hit a home run at the trade deadline. Jim Benning hit a triple on draft day. Jim Benning is halfway through pitching a no-hitter on free agent frenzy day.
    Who is this person and what did he do with pre-2017 Jim Benning? Also, why is he so good at baseball?

  • TD

    Last year showed just how bad the depth was in the system. Between injuries and the trade deadline, they were signing players out of Europe to complete the season. All these deals will strengthen Utica and give the kids a better place to develop as well as provide decent players for injury recall.

  • RIP

    this is a great signing. Moves like this show we are moving in the right direction and we can be competitive when injuries strike. Not that we will win much, but sill able to keep the game from a blowout. Also, I bet at least 1 of these 3 low risk deals will result in a steal as one of them may very well step up and play beyond their stats to date.

  • andyg

    It will be interesting to see how Guddy does this year. I like what I see so far but still don’t expect the playoffs.
    The big thing is that our youth will need to force their way in. Utica should be a much better team as long as we can get most of the players through waivers. Training camp will be competitive.

  • Steamer

    6 Right shot D: Stecher, Tanev, Gudbranson, Biega, Subban, Chatfield; 8 Left shot D: Edler, Hutton, Del Zatto, Juolevi, Holm, Pedan, Brisebois, McEneny. Negligible offense on right side – only Stecher & Subban (untested ) – must be addressed.

    • Braindead Benning

      sorry mate, absolutely no disrespect towards your post but if Patrick Wiercioch ( a cast off from a LAST place team to boot) is competition for the likes of the above mentioned then JB should start speed dialing to audition Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan and have Gillooly decide who is worthy of the 7th Dman position?