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There will be numerous new faces in Vancouver for this upcoming season as the Canucks took advantage of unrestricted free agency to fill holes in the roster, lost past fan favourites, added prospect depth and had some contentious negotiations with some of the core players.

“We knew we were going to have a difficult offseason with regards to free agency. We had some tough decisions to make with Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm, Jonathon Bernier etc. Those guys, especially Ellis, played large roles for us last year and previous years. But we didn’t make it past the first round last year, changes were coming” said GM Allen.

GM Allen continued “This year was a very big year with regards to our core players and how we move forward make sure we ensured that we are financially flexible to keep them together and have money to resign rising starts like Svechnikov and Heiskanen. We will be incurring turnover year to year.”

Below is a breakdown of the free agent signings that occurred in Vancouver this offseason:

Restricted Free Agents Resigned
Winger – Gabriel Landeskog – $4,950,000 for 1 year
Role: Top line winger, top power play, PKer
This was a difficult negotiation as Landeskog wanted to be paid and not sign long term so trying to sign him and plan out future loyalties made it difficult.

Center – Sean Couturier – $5,175,000 for 2 years
Role: Top 6 center, top power play, PKer
Couturier was another very difficult signature to get. He wanted to be paid as well and not sign long term.

Winger – Matthew Tkachuk - $3,525,000 x 2 years
Role: Top line winger, top power play, PKer
Tkachuk wanted a short bridge deal to prove he’s worth more.

Center – Jared McCann - $1,500,000 x 2 years
Role: 3rd line center who can play up and down the line up and special teams.
McCann wanted a short bridge deal to prove it like Tkachuk.

Defenseman – Morgan Reilly – $3,450,000 x 3 years
Role: Top 2 defenseman, top power play, PKer
Reilly was signed to his loyalty year and a relatively easy negotiation.

Defenseman – Shea Theodore – $3,325,000 x 4 years
Role: Top 2 defenseman, top power play
Theodore was signed to his loyalty year and was the easiest negotiation.

Unrestricted Free Agent Signings for the Canucks
Center - Luke Glendening – $1,105,000 x 4 years
Role: 4th line center, top PK

Winger – Jesper Fast – $1,125,000 x 4 years
Role: 4th line winger, PK with the ability to move up the lineup.

Winger – Darren Helm – $825,000 x 4 years
Role: 4th line winger, PK

Defenseman – Jason Demers - $1,050,000 x 3 years
Role: Top 4 shutdown defenseman, top PK

Defenseman – Marc Edouard Vlasic – $1,325,000 x 3 years
Role: Top 4 shutdown defenseman, top PK

Defenseman – Jacob MacDonald – $780,000 x 2 years
Role: Depth Defenseman

Goalie – Braden Holtby – $1,665,000 x 4 years
Role: Backup goalie, 1B to Grubauer

Goalie – Martin Jones – $2,310,000 x 3 years
Role: Backup goalie, 1B to Grubauer

Goalie – Casey DeSmith – $1,275,000 x 3 years
Role: Backup goalie with potential to become a 1B

Loyalty
Winger – Zack Kassian - $1,275,000 x 2 years
Role: 4th line winger with ability to play PK

Prospects
Forward – Joshua Lopina – 4th round pick to ANA in the NHL
Forward – Jakub Konecny – 7th round pick to BUF in the NHL
Defenseman – Taige Harding – 3rd round pick to CHI in the NHL

The fourth article in this installment will be where the roster is heading into the season opener on October 6th.