The Vancouver Canucks are reportedly among the teams negotiating with unrestricted free agent defenceman Andrew Alberts.
Unrestricted free agent defenseman Andrew Alberts talking with teams including the #Canucks about a deal.
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Alberts was acquired by the Canucks in March 2010 from the Carolina Hurricanes for a third round pick and has the spent parts of the past four seasons with the team. He became an unrestricted free agent on July 5 after the two sides could not come to an agreement.
He has been a solid depth defenceman for the Canucks filling the number six and seven role. Alberts, who played both the left and right side, gave the Canucks a much needed physical presence on the blueline.
There were times when his lacklustre skating ability was exposed by fleet skating forwards, but on the most part Alberts was good. He made limited mistakes in the defensive zone and made good reads activating at the offensive blueline. He was a decent puckmover when the situation warranted it, otherwise the puck went off the board or glass and out.
At the beginning of the 2013 season, Alberts sat out 17 straight games before finally dressing and by the end of the season, he had replaced $4.2 million defenceman Keith Ballard as the team’s left defenceman on the third pairing.
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise the Canucks are interested in bringing Alberts back, but he might be interested in signing with a team that gives him regular ice time and a chance to move up into the top-four.
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