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Canucks Sign Alex Chiasson, Send Zack MacEwan To Abbotsford

The former Oilers winger was invited to training camp on a PTO.

NHL: OCT 09 Preseason - Oilers at Canucks Photo by Derek Cain/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Well, even though they released what they had said was their lineup for the opening night of the season, the Canucks weren’t quite finished tinkering as they prepare to start the 2021-22 season Wednesday night, signing RW Alex Chiasson to a one year deal worth $750,000.

Chiasson gives the Canucks another piece of bottom six depth that can put the puck in the net, and given his play in the preseason, it’s nice to see that his hard work has paid off with a team-friendly deal that will allow him to possibly earn a re-sign for next year.

Chiasson spent the last 3 seasons in Edmonton, putting up 42-36-78 in 183 games. Before his stint with the Oilers, Chiasson had stops in Washington, Calgary, Ottawa, and Dallas.

With Chiasson locked down, that meant someone had to be shuffled off to Abbotsford, and I don’t think anyone is surprised that it’s Zack MacEwan. A very lackluster camp from the big man made him expendable, but perhaps getting sent back to the AHL will reignite a fire under him and get him back into the high energy checker he has shown he can be.

The Canucks were on the ice this morning before heading to Edmonton and their contest against the Oilers tomorrow night, and they were joined by the newest Canuck, Juho Lammikko.