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Salo signs 4-year extension with Canucks @NHL

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -Sami Salo has signed a four-year extension with the Vancouver Canucks.

"Sami is an elite defenseman who complements our group very well," general manager and senior vice president Dave Nonis said in a statement Thursday. "We are confident that he will continue to perform at the high level he has established for himself over the next four seasons."

The 32-year-old Salo made $1.5 million this season and would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency in the summer.

He has recorded career highs in goals (13) and points (34) in 63 games this season. Six of his 13 goals have won games and he also possesses a team-best plus-19 rating.

In 470 career NHL games, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Finn has 192 points (58-134) and 146 penalty minutes.

Selected in the ninth round, 239th overall, in the 1996 draft by the Ottawa Senators, Salo was acquired by the Canucks for Peter Schaefer on Sep. 21, 2002.

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