Vaananen, 28, joins the Canucks from the Philadelphia Flyers where he played 46 games, recording 10 points (1-9-10) and 22 penalty minutes. Over his seven-season NHL career Vaananen has played 476 games and recorded 67 points (13-54-67) with 482 penalty minutes.
The 6'4", 215 lbs. native of Vantaa, Finland was drafted originally by the Phoenix Coyotes in the second round, 43rd overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
It's such a privilege to be one of these 80 great players to do this milestone, and it doesn't get better than this doing it where I started. It means a lot to me. A big thanks goes to all the players tonight who helped me to achieve that and also all the players through my career.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa after scoring his 1,000th career point on Thursday night in Ottawa