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Canucks re-sign Tyler Motte to one year deal

The Canucks have completed a little housekeeping on this day, signing Tyler Motte to a new one-year contract

The press release is as follows:

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed centre Tyler Motte to a one-year, one-way contract valued at $975,000.

“Tyler plays a physical, two-way game that complements our forward group,” said Benning. “He’s strong on the forecheck, helps our penalty kill and showed he can contribute offensively last year. We’re pleased to have Tyler continue his career as a member of the Vancouver Canucks.”

Motte, 24, recorded 16 points (9-7-16) and 10 penalty minutes in 74 games played with Vancouver last season. The 5’10”, 192-pound centre has played 153 career NHL games (18-12-30) with Vancouver, Columbus and Chicago.

The St. Clair, MI, native has played 67 games in the American Hockey League (21-11-32) and before turning pro, played three seasons with the University of Michigan, recording 105 points (50-55-105) in 107 games played. Motte has also represented team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championships (silver medal).

Motte was originally acquired by Vancouver in a trade along with Jussi Jokinen in exchange for Thomas Vanek on February 26, 2018.

Motte receives a minor raise from the $925,000 that he was receiving on his entry level contract.

As Jim Benning suggested in the press release, Motte gives the Canucks a variety of tools that they value within their bottom six. He is hard on the forecheck, plays physical, and can assist them on the penalty kill.

With Motte signed, the Canucks still have three restricted free agents with Josh Leivo, Nikolay Goldobin, and Brock Boeser looking for new deals.

According to CapFriendly, the Canucks have about $7,769,296 in cap space at this moment. That is with 13 forwards, 10 defencemen and 2 goalies on the roster, so in reality, they have a bit more space than what is suggested there.

  • I like Motte. I think he’s got more offensive upside than he’s given credit for. Potting 9 goals and 7 assists while working the penalty kill and playing on Beagle’s line is not half bad.

  • And coach Green likes his work ethic and trusts him out there like most of the fan base does. Definitely not the worst peripheral player for what he brings.

  • Good signing — too bad some of the other players don’t have Motte’s motor and drive. Hard work every shift and ‘little things’ at a little under a million rather than six is definitely worth it.

    • with more players playing like Motte and Bo it will become the norm for the team. Green doesn’t want any passengers which is why he didn’t dress Eriksson that one night if it wasn’t for the injury situation Eriksson would not have played another game.

  • Well deserved, he’s an inspiration and never lets up. Every team needs a Motte. TG knows exactly what he’s getting every shift. Can’t say enough.

  • True to the Benning mantra windowlickers… too many plugs not enough sparks. You don’t make the top eight in the conference with replacement level nhLers like Motte you MUGS.

    In simpleton terms for you lot, NO PLAYOFFS. AGAIN!

    A thousand dollars CDN on it for any mouthpiece who will bet against me…

    • Yessss – a whopping16 points for a two time 40 goal scorer with 790 career points who still racked up 41 points in 61 games for us. Keep up the kool-aiding Buddy lol.

      • For two months of Vanek’s services in a season where the Canucks were out of the playoffs, they might end up getting many years of service from a hardworking, fast-skating, inexpensive, defensive forward who’s excellent on the penalty kill.

        Sounds fine to me.

        • He’s only signed for one year dude. Think if I was Jimbo I’d rather have Vanek if i was trying to save my job by making the playoffs.

          Seriously Kill, are you a troll, only you post like one lol?