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Yannick Weber Returns to Vancouver on One-Year Deal

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The Swiss defender returns to the team on a short and cheap contract.

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The first news from the Vancouver Canucks in Free Agency came right at the beginning of the Frenzy Wednesday morning, as Yannick Weber reportedly signed a one-year extension with the team.

The Swiss defender scored 11 goals and 21 points in 65 games with the Canucks last year.

In a surprising move, the Canucks chose not to qualify Weber before the Sunday deadline, making him an Unrestricted Free Agent instead of a Restricted Free Agent, but General Manager JIm Benning maintained he intended to re-sign him.

The $1.5 million cap hit is a good bargain for the Canucks, whose cap situation leave little room to maneuver. And, with the loss of Kevin Bieksa to the Anaheim Ducks, Benning needed to shore up depth on defense.