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Myers signs five-year contract with Canucks

Defenseman gets $6 million annually; Vancouver also adds Benn, Fantenberg

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Tyler Myers signs with Canucks

Tyler Myers signs five-year contract with the Canucks

Defenseman Tyler Myers signs a five-year contract ($6M AAV) with the Vancouver Canucks

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Tyler Myers signed a five-year, $30 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. The contract has an average annual value of $6 million.

The 29-year-old defenseman had 31 points (nine goals, 22 assists) in 80 regular-season games with the Winnipeg Jets last season and no points in six Stanley Cup Playoff games.

"I look at the team, I look at the city, my family is from Kelowna [British Columbia], not only am I very excited about where the team is at, you take a look at the jump they made last year, that was exciting for me to see when making my decision," Myers said. "I am going to try to be a piece that can help them ultimately take the next step forward, so it is very exciting for me in that aspect."

 

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Selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round (No. 12) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Myers has 265 points (74 goals, 191 assists) in 635 games with the Jets and Sabres. He has 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 39 playoff games.

Myers, who was acquired by Winnipeg in a seven-player trade on Feb. 11, 2015, that sent forward Evander Kane to Buffalo, won the Calder Trophy voted as the NHL rookie of the year in 2009-10, when he had 48 points (11 goals, 37 assists) in 82 games.

"Tyler has made a big impact on every team he's played on throughout his career and we're excited about how he'll improve our blueline next season," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said. "He gets up and down the ice with ease, has incredible size and reach (6-foot-8, 229 pounds), but most importantly he's a character player and role model that our younger players can emulate."

The Canucks also signed defensemen Jordie Benn to a two-year, $4 million contract ($2 million average annual value) and Oscar Fantenberg to a one-year, $850,000 contract.

Benn had NHL career highs in goals (five) and points (22) in 81 games with the Montreal Canadiens last season. The 31-year-old was plus-15 in 18:12 of ice time per game.

"It's pretty amazing being a kid growing up on [Vancouver] Island and watching the Canucks for all those years and now I got a chance to come back and play for them," Benn said. "Obviously, it's huge for my family, but it's also an exciting time and an exciting team to come back and play for."

Signed by the Dallas Stars as a free agent on July 1, 2011, Benn has 110 points (22 goals, 88 assists) in 473 regular-season games with the Canadiens and Stars and three assists in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

"Jordie is an experienced defenseman who brings leadership and toughness to our team," Benning said. "His steady presence in the defensive zone, ability to battle and read plays will be an example and support to our young players."

Fantenberg had four points (two goals, two assists) in 61 games with the Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames last season, and no points in three playoff games with the Flames. The 27-year-old was acquired by the Flames in a trade with the Kings on Feb. 25 for a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

"Oscar brings positional awareness and a strong all-around game to our team," Benning said. "His puck-moving ability and shot adds depth to our [defensemen group] and qualities that will push our group to be better every game."

Signed by the Kings on May 3, 2017, he has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) 88 NHL games.

Vancouver also signed two 26-year-olds, center Tyler Graovac and goalie Zane McIntyre, each to a two-way contract. No financial terms were released. 

Graovac had 50 points (24 goals, 26 assists) in 65 games with Stockton, Calgary's American Hockey League affiliate. Selected by the Minnesota Wild in the seventh round (No. 191) of the 2011 NHL Draft, he has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 62 NHL games with the Wild and Washington Capitals.

McIntyre is 0-3-0 in eight NHL games (three starts) with a 3.97 goals-against average and an .858 save percentage, all with the Boston Bruins in 2016-17. He was 25-14-7 with a 2.59 GAA, an .898 save percentage and two shutouts in 46 games last season with Providence, Boston's AHL affiliate. Boston selected McIntyre in the sixth round (No. 165) of the 2010 NHL Draft.

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