Kassian re-ups with Canucks

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Restricted free agent Zack Kassian has re-signed with the Vancouver Canucks. The right-wing inked a two-year deal for $3.5 million dollars (US funds). The salary cap hit for the team for each year of the contract will be $1.75 million dollars.

In his first full season in Vancouver, the Windsor, Ontario native scored 14 times with 15 assists in 73 games. He also racked up 124 penalty minutes.

Kassian came to Vancouver at the end of February 2012 from Buffalo for former Vancouver first-round draft pick Cody Hodgson.

The six-foot-three, 215 pounder has showed flashes of quality in his 129 games in Canucks colours. He has also frustrated fans with his non-chalant effort and undisciplined play at times.

Earlier this week, the 23-year-old had rejected the Canucks qualifying offer.  He made $870,000 dollars in 2013-2014.

The team has not made an official announcement, but the Vancouver Sun and Sportsnet are reporting the deal is done.

General Manager Jim Benning still has two more restricted free agents to sign, defenceman Chris Tanev and new right-wing from Los Angeles, Linden Vey.

Comments

  1. I wish Benning all the very best.
    I believe he has already shown that he is in a league considerably higher than Mike Gillis or Pat Quin (maybe even Burke/Nonis) but this might not be a good signing..

    Michael Ryder has scored more than 25 goals five or six times and more than 30 at least twice and has the same cap hit.

    What a great Right Handed sniper for the Sedins he could be.
    Add Horton and Seguin to that list.
    Wait a minute…they play in the east…lets ignore them.

    • Benning has definitely shown his decisiveness when needed. Now let’s see if he can show some patience if the team has a little adversity. I hope his weakness is not a revolving door mentality when the team does not perform to his expectations.

      In the past we had GMs who might be called a little too patient. I hope we have found a just right Goldilocks one this time

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