The Canucks have signed another of their pending restricted free agents this morning
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) July 5, 2019
They agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Josh Leivo that will see him earn $1.5 million next season.
Leivo was acquired in a mid-season trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs that saw Michael Carcone go the other way. He appeared in 49 games with the Canucks following the trade scoring 10 goals and 8 assists along the way. Leivo had also appeared in 27 games with the Leafs prior to being moved to Vancouver.
Leivo set career-highs in games played, goals, assists, and points last season.
It will be interesting to see how Leivo slots into the lineup next season with the addition of JT Miller. Leivo had seen some time in the top six but could be moved down to a third line role as the team looks to bring balance to their lineup.
This deal is basically a ‘show me’ deal for Leivo before either side commits to a long-term contract. He will be a unrestricted free agent next summer at the conclusion of this deal.
The Canucks still have Nikolay Goldobin and Brock Boeser as restricted free agents among the forwards.