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Vancouver Canucks re-sign forward Zack Kassian and blue-liner Yannick Weber

Friday, 07.04.2014 / 1:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Vancouver Canucks re-sign forward Zack Kassian and blue-liner Yannick Weber

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks re-signed forward Zach Kassian and defenceman Yannick Weber on Friday.

Kassian had 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) and 124 penalty minutes in 73 games for the Canucks last season. The 23-year-old native of Windsor, Ont., has 50 points (25-25) and 226 PIM in 156 career NHL games.

"Zack is a skilled, young player and an important member of this team," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a release. "He has the ability to impact a game both with his talent and size. We look forward to seeing him continue to develop as a Canuck."

Kassian won a silver medal for Canada at the 2011 IIHF world junior championships and helped the Windsor Spitfires win a MasterCard Memorial Cup in 2010.

Weber, who split last season between Vancouver and the Utica Comets of the AHL, had 10 points (6-4) and 16 PIM in 49 games for Vancouver. The 25-year-old Swiss blue-liner has 42 points (11-31) in 164 career NHL games with the Canucks and Montreal Canadiens.

Also Friday, the Canucks re-signed goaltender Joe Cannata. He spent last season with the Comets, his third in the AHL.

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