21 February 2018 0 Comments Posted By : Scott Brown

Canucks sign Erik Gudbranson to a three-year extension

Defenceman Erik Gudbranson has signed a three-year contract extension with the Vancouver Canucks.

The contract, which was signed a week ahead of the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline, will pay the 26-year-old blueliner an average of $4 million per season.

Gudbranson, who is earning $3.5 million this season, was set to be an unrestricted free agent in July.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Gudbranson has recorded two goals and two assists in 41 games with the Canucks this season.

“Erik is an important part of our team and provides a physical element to our blueline,” said Vancouver general manager Jim Benning. “His leadership qualities help us as we continue to integrate younger players in our lineup. He is a quality person, a great teammate, outstanding in the community and we are excited to have him as part of our team moving forward.”

A native of Ottawa, Gudbranson was acquired from Florida along with a 2016 fifth round selection in exchange for Jared McCann and 2016 second and fourth round selections in May, 2016. He was originally selected by Florida, third overall, at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Also Tuesday, the Canucks recalled goaltender Richard Bachman from the AHL Utica Comets. Starting goaltender Jacob Markström is reportedly dealing with an unspecified lower body injury.

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