The Vancouver Canucks wasted little time getting into the thick of signing players this week as Monday morning general manager Mike Gillis announced the Canucks have inked forwards Tanner Glass and Alexandre Bolduc and defenceman Shane O’Brien.
Glass, Bolduc and O'Brien were all restricted free agents so seeing them back with the Canucks isn't a huge surprise. All three are welcomed back with open arms thanks to their previous play in Vancouver.
Glass, 26, finished the 2009.19 season with a career high 11 points (4-7-11) and 165 penalty minutes in 67 games. The Regina, SK native led all Canucks in hits with 165. The 6’1”, 210-lbs forward was originally selected by the Florida Panthers 265th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Bolduc, 25, split the 2009.10 season with the Canucks and AHL affiliate Manitoba Moose. In 15 games with Vancouver, the Montreal, QC native registered 13 penalty minutes. He collected three points (2-1-3) and 20 penalty minutes in 13 games with the Moose. The 6’1” forward was originally selected by the St. Louis Blues 127th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
O’Brien, 26, finished the 2009.10 season with eight points (2-6-8) and 79 penalty minutes in 65 games played. The Port Hope, ON native finished first among Canucks defencemen in hits with 112 and second in plus/minus with a +15 rating. In 299 NHL games, the 6’3” defenceman has registered 55 points (8-47-55), 605 penalty minutes and a career +15. O’Brien was originally selected by the Anaheim Ducks 250th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
The Canucks are now down to four players on their list of restricted free agents, led by Mason Raymond. It is expected that Raymond will be back in Vancouver of the coming season based on comments Gillis made regarding the forward at the 2010 Summer Summit last week.
The Canucks now have 23 players under contract for the 2010-2011 season.