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.
You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.
— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense