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Canucks re-sign Higgins: Four years, $10 million

Apr 2, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

Chris Higgins

The Vancouver Canucks have had themselves a busy little Tuesday.

Shortly after acquiring Derek Roy from the Dallas Stars, the club announced it had re-signed winger Chris Higgins to a four-year deal.

Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston says the contact is worth $10 million all told.

Higgins, 29, was acquired from Florida at the 2011 NHL trade deadline and provided an immediate impact in the Vancouver lineup.

He scored eight points en route to the ’11 Cup final and scored three game-winning goals along the way, tying a franchise record for most GWGs in a single playoff season.

The Canucks rewarded Higgins with a two-year, $3.8 million deal that July, and he’s gone on to post impressive numbers.

In 2011-12, he scored 18G-25A-43PTS in 71 games, finishing fourth on the team in goals.

This year he has 9G-5A-14PTS in 35 games, tied for second on the team in goals.

How Higgins’ new deal affects Vancouver’s financial future remains to be seen. According to Capgeek, the Canucks have nearly $63 million committed to just 15 players next year, with the salary cap falling to $64.3 million.

The team has a number of unrestricted free agents — Roy, Manny Malhotra, Mason Raymond, Max Lapierre, Andrew Alberts, Cam Barker — and will need to make decisions on RFAs like Chris Tanev and Dale Weise.

Of course, the club could use one of its amnesty buyouts to relieve some of the financial strain.

  1. ikillchicken - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Solid deal. Three years would be better but I think four is acceptable. $2.5M is a good price for a versatile guy like Higgins. He can contribute offensively, play anywhere in the lineup, he hits, checks well, and wins battles down low. Wonder if this means Raymond is on his way out though. He’s due at least a moderate raise and we’ll be hard pressed to fit both guys under the cap.

    • ikillchicken - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      Was this article updated or did I just miss the last part at first in my excitement?

      Anyway, I actually think our situation is fairly clear:
      -Trading Lu and buying out Ballard basically covers the cap drop.
      -Malhotra will retire for sure. He’s not getting any better.
      -Roy is a rental, period. We’ll have to look to our young guys to step up next year.
      -Tanev will get a nice raise but it won’t be THAT much. He’s still a fairly one dimensional guy and an RFA.
      -The rest are mostly either fourth liners and depth D men who can be resigned or replaced easily enough for only slightly more money.
      -The only real big question is Raymond. No way we keep him without buying someone else out. That someone would likely be Booth. Honestly, I could go either way here. Booth still has a lot of potential that he hasn’t been able to capitalize on due to injury. If Raymond is actually going strong right now though it might make more sense to just go with him.

  2. vanindeed - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Good move.

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