The Canucks were busy on Monday afternoon, announcing the signing of two players to new deals. First up, defenseman Kevin Bieksa signed a 5-year deal, reportedly worth $23 million, which works out to be about $4.6 million per season as a cap hit. Second, the Canucks signed forward Max Lapierre to a 2-year, $2 million deal, which has some easy cap hit math associated with it.
Bieksa was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, while Lapierre was going to be a restricted free agent.
Bieksa had an injury shortened season, limiting him to only 66 games and 22 points, ranking him 77th among all defensemen in pool scoring. That put him on the inside of all draft-worthy defenders in the year, but only by a hair.
Lapierre was traded a couple times in 2011, Montreal to Anaheim, Anaheim to Vancouver, giving him 78 games played in the three stops and only 12 points as a bottom six grinder. He has no pool value.
With the two deals now on the books, I now have the Canucks with eight forwards, six defense and two goalies signed on at $52.2 million, which should leave them $12.1 million for four or five forwards and a defenseman, including Christian Ehrhoff, who might take a good chunk out of that remaining space.