The Vancouver Canucks have made their mark on the opening day of the National Hockey League’s free agent frenzy.
The club has signed right winger Loui Eriksson to a six-year deal worth $36-million.
It was one of many deals consummated in the opening minutes of free agency; East Vancouver’s Milan Lucic signed a seven-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers valued at $42-million, while B.C. products Andrew Ladd and Troy Brouwer inked deals with the New York Islanders and Calgary Flames respectively.
The day also marked the end of an era for Smithers native Dan Hamhuis, who spent five years in a Canucks uniform. The club opted not to sign him to a new contract.
A record-breaking $335-million was spent in total in the first hour of NHL free agency.