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Canucks re-sign trio to two-way contracts

The news keeps trickling out of Rogers Arena this week as the Canucks have locked up three of their pending restricted free agents this afternoon

The full press release is as follows:

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed forward Reid Boucher to a one-year, two-way deal and defencemen Brogan Rafferty and Josh Teves each to two-year, two-way contracts.

Boucher, 25, recorded 62 points (31-31-62) in 56 games played, leading the Utica Comets in scoring last season. In 133 career NHL games with Vancouver, Nashville and New Jersey, the Lansing, Michigan native has produced 20 goals, 22 assists (20-22-42) and 18 penalty minutes.

The 5’10”, 195-pound forward was named Comets MVP for the 2018.19 season and participated in the 2019 AHL All-Star Classic. Boucher was acquired by the Canucks from waivers on January 4, 2017 and selected 99th overall by New Jersey in the 2011 NHL Draft.

Rafferty, 24, made his professional debut with Vancouver on Apr. 4, 2019 at Nashville. He signed an entry level contract with Vancouver on Apr. 1, 2019.

In 2018.19, Rafferty appeared in 38 games for Quinnipiac University and collected 24 points (4-20-24). The 6’0″, 195-pound defenceman ranked 7th on the Bobcats, and third among defencemen in scoring. In three seasons with Quinnipiac, Rafferty accumulated 60 points (9-51-60) in 108 games.

In 2017.18, the Dundee, Illinois native scored 12 points (3-9-12) in 30 games. One year prior, as a freshman, Rafferty was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team after leading Quinnipiac with 22 assists. In 2016.17, he became the fifth freshman in Quinnipiac’s NCAA Division 1 history to lead the team in assists.

Teves, 24, made his professional debut with Vancouver on Mar. 26, 2019 vs Anaheim. He signed an entry level contract with Vancouver on Mar. 12, 2019.

In 2018.19, Teves led all Princeton Tigers defencemen in scoring with 20 points (3-17-20) in 30 games. The 6’0″, 180-pound defenceman also ranked third on the team in shots on goal (74) and power play assists (10). In 2017.18, Teves finished the season with 33 points (7-26-33) in 31 games, which led all NCAA blueliners in points per game (1.06) and assists per game (0.79). In four seasons at Princeton (2015-2019), Teves registered 85 points (16-69-85) in 126 games.

Prior to his collegiate career, the Calgary, Alberta native played one season for the BCHL Merritt Centennials, registering 33 points (5-28-33) in 57 games.

All three players are expected to start the year in Utica but do provide the organization with depth.

For Teves and Rafferty specifically, both are on the older side for prospects, so if they can’t make the Canucks out of camp, they will need to quickly assert themselves as callup options. But the Canucks were wise to lock them up to two-year deals

The Canucks still have Nikolay Goldobin and Brock Boeser as restricted free agents.

  • The dark horse IMO is Rafferty. I watched the two games he played and thought he handled himself very well. I assume he’s another selection by the amateur scouts

  • Rafferty and Teves could see time with the big club in the next two years. Boucher has a harder road to climb. Hopefully, he is working on skating.

    • You have to think they Bang out Goldy’s in a hurry, but Brock’s could linger. The agents for other guys like Laine in the same situation are playing “you first” in trying to nail down good comparables for their players.

      • I wonder if Kevin Leblanc’s recent signing will have any influence on rfa contracts probably not because it’s so ridiculously under market value but still I’m curious.

        • Have to think that he NHLPA are none too pleased with Doug Wilson nor Leblanc for what appears to everyone to be a sweetheart deal to allow Joe and Patrick to sign their deals.
          This reminds me of when the NHLPA stepped in and wrapped both Kesler’s and Gillis’ knuckles and put the end to Gillis’ shenanigans.

        • I would think the Aho and Meier contracts will have far more influence on negotiations. Lebanc’s deal is an obvious outlier and will have little influence on discussions.