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Canucks stay busy, re-sign Alberts: one year, $600k

Aug 22, 2013, 5:28 PM EDT

Andrew Alberts #41 of the Vancouver Canucks skates in front of the bench with the puck against of the Florida Panthers on January 9, 2012 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Canucks 2-1.
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The Vancouver Canucks re-upped with another of their defensemen on Thursday, agreeing to terms with veteran rearguard Andrew Alberts.

The Province reports it’s a one-way deal worth $600,000, a significant pay cut from the $1.225 million he made on his last deal.

Alberts, 32, has been with the Canucks since the 2009-10 season.

His time in Vancouver has been marked with extended stints in and out of the lineup, as he’s played in roughly 50 percent of the team’s games each season.

In 2013, he dressed 24 times (exactly half of Vancouver’s 48 games), registering one assist with a minus-7 rating.

As mentioned in the headline, the signing came on a busy day for Vancouver’s defense.

Alberts — who goes 6-foot-5, 218-pounds — re-signed just a few hours after the Canucks brought back fellow blueliner Chris Tanev on a one-year, $1.5 million deal.

  1. loinstache - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Actually pleased about this, at that cap hit. He’s definitely improved in his time with Vancouver to become a low event, physical 6/7th defenceman who doesn’t make you cringe when he gets the nod (like Cam Barker).

    Hamhuis, Bieksa, Garrison, Edler, Tanev, Corrado/Weber, Alberts. Our offence may not be what it was a few years ago, but that is arguably the strongest group of defenders the team has ever assembled.

  2. kaptaanamerica - Aug 22, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Garrison is a potential all star with his solid play defensively and offensively, plus minus and goals…

    • ikillchicken - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      Very nice. Alberts has to be used only in the right situations but he can be a great tool to have if you want to add a bit of a physical edge or protect the front of the net against bigger (but hopefully slower teams). And he’s picked up his skating in recent years enough to make him less of a liability. He probably wasn’t worth what he was making but I’m thrilled to have him back as a 6/7 guy. Plus, this way we can give Corrado another year in the minors instead of keeping him with the team just to largely ride the bench.

      Overall our Defense is looking great. Garrison looked fantastic once he got acclimated. He’s an outstanding 2 way player that con contribute in any situation. Call me crazy but I think he could be at least a low end franchise defeneseman. And Hamhuis has always been chronically underrated. And with the way he has picked up his offensive game that gives us a couple really good players to rely on. Edler and Bieksa are still a bit unpredictable, the latter because he is getting older and needs to stay healthy and the prior because…well it’s Edler. So the added depth from Tanev and to a lesser degree Alberts will be key.

  3. badintent - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Tortella already putting his stamp on Canuck, Grinders that hit !! Take notice Sedin Twins !! And get in the weight room, followed by the MMA training.

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