Nov 4, 2011; St. Louis, MO, USA; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Andrew Alberts (41) and St. Louis Blues right wing Ryan Reaves (75) battle for the puck during the third period at the Scottrade Center. The Blues defeated the Canucks 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks Re-Sign Andrew Alberts

The Vancouver Canucks have re-signed unrestricted free agent defenceman Andrew Alberts to a one-year contract worth $600,000.

He takes a paycut of just over $600,000 after earning $1.225 million last season on a two-year deal signed in the summer of 2011. Interestingly enough, the $600,000 paycut is how much fellow defenceman Chris Tanev is getting in a raise.

The signing brings the total of signed defencemen on one-way contracts to seven: Dan Hamhuis, Alexander Edler, Jason Garrison, Kevin Bieksa, Yannick Weber, Tanev, and Alberts.

The Canucks have traditionally carried eight, so there is a good chance they will add one more veteran depth defenceman to round out their roster.

Frank Corrado is an option, but expect them to keep him in the minors to start the 2013-14 season. He played a total of seven games with the Canucks last season in both the regular season and playoffs, but is still largely inexperienced at the professional level.

Even though Tanev finished the 2011 season with the Canucks and played in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Canucks opted to keep Tanev in the minors for most of the 2011-12 campaign. He was eventually recalled in Februray for the duration of the season and has been a regular in the lineup since.

I would expect the Canucks to take the same approach with Corrado.

One player that might be of interest to the Canucks for the eighth defenceman role is Burnaby, B.C. native and shotblocking specialist Greg Zanon.

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