May 5, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Andrew Alberts (41) attempts a shot on goal during the first period in game three of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Alberts Interested in Returning to the Vancouver Canucks

Unrestricted free agent defenceman Andrew Alberts is interested in returning to the Vancouver Canucks, according to his agent Kurt Overhardt.

News 1130 Sports reported yesterday the Canucks were among the teams in negotiations with Alberts. Overhardt confirmed the 32 year old defenceman is interested in returning and thinks it will be a great fit.

“There remains interest by a couple of teams and Andrew was hoping to come back to Vancouver,” Overhardt told the Province. “We especially think with the new coaching staff that he would fit in because he’s a big, strong warrior and knows his role. And he’s a physical player and will fit with the scheme and what the needs seem to be. That’s our opinion.”

Alberts probably understands he will be a bottom-pairing defenceman at best on this team if he is interested in returning, but there might not be enough cap space unless he takes a pay cut.

The Canucks currently have just over $5 million in cap space with restricted free agents Chris Tanev, Dale Weise, and Jordan Schroeder to re-sign.

Re-signing Tanev is expected to cost the Canucks upwards of $2.5 million a season, while Weise and Schroeder together will likely cost the team a combined $1.7 million.

It leaves about $800,000 in cap space to re-sign Alberts. He’s likely gone.

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