Canucks Sign Pascal Pelletier

Mike Gillis is bringing his thrift shopping overseas, picks up a Swiss League left winger who was on Canada's 2012 Spengler Cup winning team.

Vancouver has picked up left winger Pascal Pelletier, a player with such a compelling record of hockey success that the mothership goofed his press release. Hey, it's Sunday, we should all be resting and outside anyway.

Pelletier is an undrafted winger who started out in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League before moving to the ECHL's Louisiana IceGators. Following that he jumped to the AHL's Providence Bruins en route to landing his first NHL contract with the Bruins in 2006. He made his NHL debut in January 2008 and played a largely forgettable six games with Boston on a line with David Krejci and Vladimir Sobotka. That summer Boston moved him to Chicago in exchange for (largely forgettable) Martin St. Pierre. Pelletier went on to play 71 games for the Rockford IceHogs (29-26-55) before another short - and yes largely forgettable - stint at the NHL level, playing alongside noted Vancouver BFF Dustin Byfuglien and Kris Versteeg. Pelletier then signed on with Columbus and was enetually traded to the Blues, but never punched through to the NHL level again and left for Europe in 2010. He's been playing - and served as captain - for the SCL Tigers of the Swiss League; in 130 games he notched 50 goals and 59 assists.

A career AHLer, he's destined for the Utica Comets and a depth reserve option for if - sorry when - the injuries start rolling in for Vancouver.

For fun, here's former Canuck Lee Goren and Pelletier exchanging pleasantries.

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