Reports: Canucks sign defenseman Bieksa

June 27, 2011 at 8:29 PM
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 27 (UPI) -- Defenseman Kevin Bieksa has agreed to return to the Vancouver Canucks for $23 million over five years, multiple reports indicated Monday.

Bieksa, 30, a pending free agent, posted 22 points and was a plus-32 in 66 regular-season games for the Canucks, adding 10 points in 25 playoff games that saw Vancouver come within one win of a Stanley Cup title.

His big moment in the playoffs came when he scored a flukey goal on a carom off a stanchion in double-overtime that lifted the Canucks past San Jose and into the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Canucks will take a salary cap hit of $4.6 million with the deal, The Vancouver Sun reported.

The team didn't confirm Bieksa's signing.

Three other Vancouver defensemen remain unsigned heading into the July 1 free agency period, including 50-point scorer Christian Ehrhoff, veteran Sami Salo and bench player Andrew Alberts.

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