Mullen, 27, originally joined the Canucks organization last summer when he signed a one-year contract. He played in two games with the Canucks minor league affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.
#ChicagoWolves injury news: D Patrick Mullen is out for season after having shoulder surgery Friday. Mullen was hurt Oct. 14 in 2nd game.
— Paul LaTour (@platour68) November 25, 2012
A two-way defenseman, Mullen plays a well-rounded game. He can deliver crisp passes and owns a fine shot. Skates well. His size obviously hurts him in puck battles and along the boards. Isn’t a physical player at all.
A right-handed shot, Mullen will likely serve as a depth for the Canucks this upcoming season. The organization is filled with young defence prospects and a veteran presence is needed with the Utica Comets to allow the Canucks to be more patient with their young players. The likes of Peter Andersson and Adam Polasek may not be ready to log minutes at the NHL level yet should they be called upon.
This is the second signing of the Canucks offseason after Tom Sestito, who re-signed at the end of May. The Canucks are rumoured to be close to hiring John Tortorella to become the next head coach. Expect the Canucks to focus on re-signing their free agents and trading Roberto Luongo soon.
Qualifying offers for restricted free agents are due on July 2. Free agency opens on July 5.