More Depth in Goal, Defence

The Vancouver Canucks continued to build depth behind the blue line, adding defenseman Alexander Sulzer and goaltender Matt Climie.

The signing of Sulzer, given the recent signing of Nolan Baumgartner, comes as no real surprise.  Sulzer split the 2010-11 season between Nashville and Florida, registering 5 points in 40 games (1-4-5).  The 27 year old Kaufbeuren, Germany native has some decent NHL experience, with 62 games played.  Another decent depth signing for Gillis and company.

Nashville's 3rd pick in the 2003 Entry Draft, 6-foot-1, 204 lb defender, Alexander Sulzer

Their second signing, though a good one, is a little more of a head-scratcher.  With Roberto Luongo, Cory Schneider, and Eddie Lack all signed to contract, Vancouver wasn’t expected to go after another Free Agent goaltender.  But Mike Gillis, Lorne Henning and staff obviously liked what they saw, and decided to put an offer sheet in front of him.

Climie played the majority of last season for the San Antonio Rampage, earning a record of 26-22-3, with a .913 save percentage.  He played once for the Phoenix Coyotes, making 16 saves and registering a 1.88 goals against.  In total, he has 5 NHL games under his belt, going 2-2-0 with Phoenix and Dallas in that span, recording a 3.24 GAA and .824 save percentage.

Matt Climie becomes the fourth Canuck goaltender under contract, pictured here stopping Darcy Tucker in close

As per team policy, terms of the deals have not yet been released.  In other Free Agent news, Jeff Tambellini has left the Canucks to play for Zurich of the Swiss Elite League.

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