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Pouliot signs one-year contract with Canucks

Defenseman gets $1.1 million to stay with Vancouver, could have been RFA @NHLdotcom

Derrick Pouliot signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old defenseman could have become a restricted free agent July 1. He was not among the Canucks' pending RFAs to receive a qualifying offer by the 5 p.m. ET deadline Monday.

"Derrick was a valuable part of our blue line last season and has shown an ability to contribute offensively," general manager Jim Benning said. "We are excited to have him back and to watch him take another step forward next season."

Pouliot had 22 points (three goals, 19 assists) in 71 games for Vancouver this season. In 138 games over four NHL seasons with the Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins, he has 36 points (five goals, 31 assists).

Selected by Pittsburgh in the first round (No. 8) of the 2012 NHL Draft, he was acquired by the Canucks in a trade from the Penguins on Oct. 3, 2017, for defenseman Andrey Pedan and a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

The Canucks made qualifying offers to defenseman Troy Stecher and forwards Sven Baertschi and Jake Virtanen.

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