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Canucks sign C Ryan Johnson

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -The Vancouver Canucks signed center Ryan Johnson to a two-year, $2.2-million contract on Wednesday, and re-signed backup goalie Curtis Sanford.

Johnson, 32, is a speedy two-way forward who spent the past five seasons with the St. Louis Blues. He had five goals and 18 points in 79 games last season and led NHL forwards with 105 blocked shots.

In 547 NHL games with St. Louis, Florida and Tampa Bay, Johnson has 34 goals and 102 points.

Sanford, 28, played 16 games behind Canucks starter Roberto Luongo last season, going 4-3-1 with a 2.83 goals-against average and .898 save percentage.

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