The Canucks avoided arbitration with Dale Weise and signed him to a 1-year, $750,000 deal. The Canucks also locked up a couple other restricted free agents: Center Jordan Schroeder and defenceman Yann Sauve. We will post the details of those contracts when we know them.
Update: Schroeder's deal is 1 year, 1-way, $600,000. (h/t to Smoboy41).
Weise was making $615,000 last season. He scored 3 goals, 6 points, and was a -7 in 40 games last season. John Tortorella told the Vancouver Sun today:
“That hurt us when we lost him (from the Rangers) as far as our depth and a little bit of our toughness,” explained Tortorella. “I won’t lie, Weiser and I have had a road of trying to understand one another. I thought we were beginning to get an understanding. He was improving as a player. He brings a lot of things. I love his willingness. He can play and give you minutes and I think you can bounce him around on different lines. So I’m anxious to get back with Dale and see where we go.”
Schroeder made $900,000 last season. It was his first stint in the NHL. He scored 3 goals, 9 points and was an even 0 in 31 games. He is expected to be a regular this season, perhaps as the third line center.
Sauve would have made $870,000 had he played in the NHL. He spent his time in Chicago and Kalamazoo last season. 2 assists in 17 games with the Wolves. 10 goals and 19 points in 32 games with the Wings. He is a long shot to make the Canucks' final roster at camp with the likes of Frank Corrado and Chris Tanev manning the bottom 2 defencemen slots.