Vancouver Canucks make a couple re-signings on Day one of NHL Free Agency

By Jeff Zeffer

The Vancouver Canucks have made several re-signings over the last couple days and I am going to go through each one.

Kevin Bieksa who looked like a player to be headed out of Vancouver one year ago, has now re-signed with the Canucks for 5 years and $23 million. Last season Bieksa played 67 games and recorded 6 goals and 16 assist. Canucks GM Mike Gillis took the cheaper Bieksa over fellow defenseman Christian Ehrhoff who signed a 10 year $40 million deal with the Buffalo Sabres. Gillis did not want to fork out that much money for that long and Bieksa was glad to take a home town discount.

Maxim Lapierre was traded to the Canucks at this year’s NHL trade deadline, where he had an impressive 25 game playoff run as a depth forward. This rewarded Lapierre a 2 year deal, at 1 million per year.

Sami Salo who has played with the Canucks since the 2002/03 season, will get at least one more year with the Stanley Cup caliber team. This one year deal is worth 2 million. Salo is an injury prone, but it’s worth the wait when he is one the ice.

The Canucks also bring back trade dead line acquisition Chris Higgins, who has now signed for 2 more years and $1.9 million per. Higgins had a wonderful playoffs recorded 8 points and being a constant physical presence.

Andrew Alberts signed for 2 years and $2.45 million deal. Alberts is a physical defenseman, but also a family man. Thus being traded to Vancouver at the 2010 deadline deal was not the best thing for him. But he is happy that he has two more years in Vancouver.

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