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Canucks sign Baumgartner, Nycholat, and Pope

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have signed defencemen Nolan Baumgartner and Lawrence Nycholat and forward Matt Pope. In keeping with club policy terms of the deals were not disclosed.


Baumgartner, 33, recorded 33 points (11-22-33) and 50 penalty minutes in 72 games with the Canucks AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose last season. Between 2002-03 and 2005-06 Baumgartner played 87 games with Vancouver scoring six goals and 34 assists (6-34-40). Baumgartner has played for six NHL teams in his career recording 45 points (6-39-45) and 67 penalty minutes in 131 games. The 6’2”, 205-lbs native of Calgary, Alberta was originally drafted by Washington 10th overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft and first signed with Vancouver as a free agent on July 2, 2008.

Nycholat, 30, re-joins the Canucks after finishing the 2008-09 season with the Colorado Avalanche. Originally acquired by trade with Ottawa on September 2, 2008, Nycholat played 14 games with Vancouver during the 2008-09 season. In 50 career NHL games with five teams the defenceman has recorded nine points (2-7-9) and 24 penalty minutes. The 6’0”, 190-lbs Calgary, Alberta native began his NHL career as a free agent, signing with the Minnesota Wild on August 31, 2000.

Pope, 24, played the bulk of the 2008-09 season with Bakersfield of the ECHL and finished the season with the Manitoba Moose after a four-game stint with the Binghamton Senators. Pope recorded 63 points (30-33-63) in 54 games with Bakersfield and played another 12 AHL games with Binghamton and Manitoba recording eight points (4-4-8) and 10 penalty minutes. In 12 postseason contests with the Moose, Pope had six points (3-3-6) and 2 penalty minutes. The 6’1”, 185-lbs forward is a Langley, British Columbia native.

Baumgartner's Career Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1991-1992 Cgy. AAA Flames  AMHL   39 11 29 40   40          
1992-1993 Kamloops Blazers  WHL   43 0 5 5   30          
1993-1994 Kamloops Blazers  WHL   69 13 42 55   109          
1993-1994 Kamloops  M-Cup   4 0 2 2   4          
1994-1995 Kamloops Blazers  WHL   62 8 36 44   71          
1994-1995 Canada  WJC-A   7 0 1 1   4          
1994-1995 Kamloops  M-Cup   4 0 6 6   6          
1995-1996 Capitals   1 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
1995-1996 Kamloops Blazers  WHL   28 13 15 28   45          
1995-1996 Canada  WJC-A   6 1 1 2   22          
1996-1997 Portland Pirates  AHL   8 2 2 4   4          
1997-1998 Capitals   4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.0
1997-1998 Portland Pirates  AHL   70 2 24 26 -12 70 1 0 0 124 1.6
1998-1999 Capitals   5 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0 0 1 0.0
1998-1999 Portland Pirates  AHL   38 5 14 19 -16 62 2 0 1 60 8.3
1999-2000 Capitals   8 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 6 0.0
1999-2000 Portland Pirates  AHL   71 5 18 23 -2 56 1 0 1 139 3.6
2000-2001 Blackhawks   8 0 0 0 -4 6 0 0 0 7 0.0
2000-2001 Norfolk Admirals  AHL   63 5 28 33 5 75 4 0 1 132 3.8
2001-2002 Norfolk Admirals  AHL   76 10 24 34 1 72 4 0 1    
2002-2003 Canucks   8 1 2 3 4 4 1 0 0 7 14.3
2002-2003 Manitoba Moose  AHL   59 8 31 39 15 82 5 0 1 109 7.3
2003-2004 Penguins   5 0 0 0 -7 2 0 0 0 6 0.0
2003-2004 Canucks   9 0 3 3 3 2 0 0 0 9 0.0
2003-2004 Manitoba Moose  AHL   55 6 21 27 -2 101 1 0 2    
2004-2005 Manitoba Moose  AHL   78 9 30 39 -5 51 7 0 2    
2005-2006 Canucks   70 5 29 34 11 30 4 1 1 73 6.8
2006-2007 Flyers   6 0 1 1 0 21 0 0 0 4 0.0
2006-2007 Stars   7 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.0
2006-2007 Philadelphia Phantoms  AHL   51 6 20 26 -8 46 5 0 0    
2007-2008 Iowa Stars  AHL   56 5 13 18 -8 47 5 0      
2007-2008 Manitoba Moose  AHL   18 0 6 6 8 10 0 0      
NHL Totals:   131 6 39 45 4 67 5 1 1 121 5.0


Nycholat's Career Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1995-1996 Notre Dame  SMHL   42 10 36 46   66          
1996-1997 Swift Current Broncos  WHL   67 8 13 21   82          
1997-1998 Swift Current Broncos  WHL   71 13 35 48   108          
1998-1999 Swift Current Broncos  WHL   72 16 44 60   125          
1999-2000 Swift Current Broncos  WHL   70 22 58 80   92          
2000-2001 Jackson Bandits  ECHL   5 1 2 3 1 5 1 0 0 9 11.1
2000-2001 Cleveland Lumberjacks  IHL   42 3 7 10 14 69 0 0 1 46 6.5
2001-2002 Houston Aeros  AHL   72 3 11 14 12 92 1 0 0    
2002-2003 Houston Aeros  AHL   66 11 28 39   155          
2002-2003 Hartford Wolf Pack  AHL   15 2 9 11 6 6 0 0 0 42 4.8
2003-2004 Rangers   9 0 0 0 -2 6 0 0 0 6 0.0
2003-2004 Hartford Wolf Pack  AHL   72 6 26 32 18 130 3 0 2    
2004-2005 Hartford Wolf Pack  AHL   79 5 38 43 12 132 2 0 2    
2005-2006 Hershey Bears  AHL   73 13 44 57 5 94 10 0 3    
2006-2007 Capitals   18 2 6 8 -3 12 0 0 0 22 9.1
2006-2007 Senators   1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0
2006-2007 Hershey Bears  AHL   29 3 25 28 14 39 2 0 1    
2007-2008 Senators   3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 0.0
2007-2008 Binghamton Senators  AHL   77 12 37 49 -1 74 8 1      
2008-2009 Canucks   14 0 1 1 3 6 0 0 0 8 0.0
2008-2009 Avalanche   5 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0
NHL Totals:   50 2 7 9 -3 24 0 0 0 44 4.5


Pope's Career Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2003-2004 Langley 60 27 44 71   92          
2004-2005 Bemidji State 37 7 7 14   28          
2005-2006 Bemidji State 37 7 14 21   44          
2006-2007 Bemidji State 33 5 8 13   14          
2007-2008 Bemidji State 36 14 9 23   40          
2008-2009 Bakersfield 54 30 33 63   72          
2008-2009 Binghamton 4 2 1 3   4          
2008-2009 Manitoba 8 2 3 5   6          
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