The Canucks signed Alex Grenier to a one-year contract on Tuesday.
Grenier, 24, picked up 48 points (16G / 32A) in 69 games with Utica (AHL) last year, marking two years in a row he has eclipsed 40-points in the AHL. In six contests with the Canucks, the 6-foot-5 winger failed to get on the scoresheet.
The Canucks signed Andrey Pedan to a one-year contract on Tuesday.
Pedan, 23, appeared in his first 13 career NHL games last year, failing to record a point. Despite being held pointless with the Canucks, Pedan enjoyed solid offensive numbers with Utica (AHL), where he had 21 points (7G / 14A) in 42 contests. The former third round pick will battle for a spot on the Vancouver blueline in training camp.
The Canucks signed Jacob Markstrom to a three-year contract extension worth $11 million ($3.67M AAV).
Markstrom’s NHL career didn’t get off to a great start, but he seems to have settled in in Vancouver. He was excellent with Utica (AHL) two years ago and went 13-14-3 with a 2.73 GAA and .915 SV% in 32 games with the Canucks last season. Markstrom will battle with Ryan Miller for starts as the Canucks’ No. 1 netminder.
The Canucks signed Jayson Megna to a one-year contract worth $600K.
Megna, 26, spent the majority of last season with Hartford (AHL) where he had 44 points (15G / 29A) in 68 games. He only appeared in six games with the Rangers and now heads to Vancouver where he will look to crack their roster in training camp. If he doesn’t he will start the year in Utica (AHL).
The Canucks signed Loui Eriksson to a six-year contract worth $36 million ($6.0M AAV).
Eriksson, 30, was a key part of the Tyler Seguin trade back in 2013 but the Bruins lost him for nothing. He is coming off of his best season with Boston, having collected 30 goals and 33 assists (63 points) in 82 games. Eriksson is a player who rarely misses games and is a threat to score 30 goals with 30 helpers every season. He should click well with fellow Swedes Henrik and Daniel Sedin.
The Canucks placed Chris Higgins on waivers for purpose of buying him out.
Higgins had just three goals and one assist in 33 games with the Canucks last season before he was placed on waivers and sent to Utica (AHL), where he registered nine goals and four assists (13 points) in 22 games. The 33-year-old’s NHL career is likely over.
The Canucks have signed Emerson Etem to a one-year contract extension worth $775K.
Etem, 24, had 12 points (7G / 5A) in 39 games with the Canucks after he was acquired from the Rangers, where he had three assists in 19 games. The 2010 29th overall pick has yet to make a big dent at the NHL level after posting 107 points (61G / 46A) in his final WHL season.
The Canucks have signed Sven Baertschi to a two-year contract extension worth $3.7 million.
Baertschi, 23, spent the entire 2015-16 season with the Canucks, totalling 15 goals and 13 assists (28 points) in 69 games. He struggled to gain traction in the Flames organization, but seems to have found his stride in Vancouver, earning him $1.85 million per season for the next two years.
Gudbranson (undisclosed) will return to the Panthers lineup for Game 1.
Gudbranson missed the last three games of the regular season, but will be back in for the start of the playoffs. Gudbranson doesn’t do much in the way of offence, but he is a big, physical defenseman who will play a big part in a playoff series for the Panthers.
Gudbranson (upper-body) will not play on Saturday.
Gudbranson will miss his third consecutive game on Saturday, but should be ready for game 1. Gudbranson probably could have played tonight but there is no need to risk him getting hurt for the playoffs.
Miller leads the Canucks onto the ice for warmups.
Miller allowed two goals on 42 shots in the Canucks win over the Kings on Monday. He has won his last two starts while stopping 72 of 76 shots (.947 SV%). He has faced the Flames on three separate occasions this season—he has gone 1-1-1 with a 1.99 GAA and .938 SV% in the those meetings. The 35-year-old has gone 8-10-5 in 24 starts on the road this year.