Canucks sign defenseman Gudbranson to 3-year extension

Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak, of the Czech Republic, is stopped by Vancouver Canucks goalie Anders Nilsson, right, of Sweden, as Erik Gudbranson, back left, defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) The Vancouver Canucks have signed defenseman Erik Gudbranson to a three-year contract extension Tuesday.

The Canucks said the deal will carry an average annual value of $4 million.

”Erik is an important part of our team and provides a physical element to our blue line,” GM Jim Benning said in a statement. ”His leadership qualities help us as we continue to integrate younger players in our lineup.

”He is a quality person, a great teammate, outstanding in the community and we are excited to have him as part of our team moving forward.”

The 26-year-old Gudbranson has two goals and two assists in 41 games this season. He has appeared in 380 games with Vancouver and Florida, with 14 goals and 39 assists.

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