Long live Tater Tot Motte.
The Vancouver Canucks unsung hero of the playoffs, Tyler Motte, has officially re-signed in with the club on a two-year deal worth
$2.4 $1.225 million per season, according to multiple sources including Motte’s agent, Rich Evans.
Tyler Motte has agreed to a 2 year contract with Vancouver.— Rich Evans (@Hockeyagent) October 9, 2020
We reported at @TheAthleticVAN on Thursday night that a multi-year deal was close for ace fourth-liner Tyler Motte.— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) October 9, 2020
Similar to the #Canucks deal with MacEwen, the 2-year deal defers money to the second year.
Cap hit is at $1.225
The structure of the deal will see Motte make $1 million in 2020-21, with a modest raise to $1.45 million in 2021-22.
Motte will be an Unrestricted Free Agent at the end of this deal in 2022.
This deal seemed like a no-brainer for the cap-strapped Canucks, who need to plug players with modest salaries into their line-up next season. That’s likely why the two signings to come through so far have been Zack MacEwen and Tyler Motte, who’s combined cap hits just crest the $2 million mark.
Motte was an absolutely spark plug for the Canucks last season, and especially in the playoffs. Despite the mediocre possession numbers at even-strength, Motte was statistically one of the Canucks best penalty killers. He was also one of the only members of the Canucks bottom six to chip in with some offence during the playoffs, scoring four goals in Games 5 and 6 against St. Louis.