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Beagle signs four-year contract with Canucks

Center gets $3 million annually; Vancouver gets deals done with Baertschi, Roussel, Schaller

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Jay Beagle signed a four-year, $12 million contract ($3 million average annual value) with the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday as an unrestricted free agent.

 

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The 32-year-old center had 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 79 games with the Washington Capitals last season and ranked first on the Capitals with a 58.5 face-off win percent. He had eight points (two goals, six assists) in 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games and helped the Capitals win their first championship since entering the NHL in 1974.

"Jay is a detailed player with championship experience, who can handle a big defensive workload," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said. "He's grown and developed his game with a core group of players and won at every level of pro hockey. We're excited to add a player with his caliber of character and experience to our team."

Signed as an undrafted free agent by Washington on March 26, 2008, Beagle has 116 points (51 goals, 65 assists) in 471 NHL games and has won 56.4 percent of his face-offs. He has 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 85 playoff games.

The Canucks also re-signed restricted free agent forward Sven Baertschi and signed UFA forwards Antoine Roussel and Tim Schaller.

"Our plan is we have drafted some real good, young, skill players and we want to give those players a chance to play in the skilled positions on the team and in offensive situations, so we are looking to round out our group, to add some players to support our young players that we think can make the team next year," Benning said. "And one of our goals was to be a harder team to play against, and I think we accomplished that today with the signings."

Baertschi's contract is for three years and has an AAV of $3.367 million. The 25-year-old forward completed a two-year contract last season, when he had 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) in 53 games.

Selected by the Calgary Flames in the first round (No. 13) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Baertschi was acquired by the Canucks in a trade from the Flames on March 2, 2015. He has 122 points (57 goals, 65 assists) in 259 games with Vancouver and Calgary.

Roussel, 28, signed for four years with an AAV of $3 million. Signed by the Dallas Stars as an undrafted free agent July 2, 2012, he had 141 points (64 goals, 77 assists) in 413 NHL games in six seasons with Dallas.

Schaller, 27, signed for two years with an AAV of $1.9 million. He had NHL career highs in goals (12), assists (10), points (22) and games (82) last season for the Boston Bruins. Signed by the Buffalo Sabres as an undrafted free agent April 2, 2013, he has 41 points (21 goals, 20 assists) in 176 games for the Bruins and Sabres.

NHL.com correspondent Kevin Woodley contributed to this report.

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