The Vancouver Canucks made their first move of free agency by re-signing forward Tyler Motte to a two-year contract.
The Vancouver Canucks made their first move on the opening day of free agency by re-signing winger/centre Tyler Motte to a two-year contract worth $2.4 million. The contract has an AAV of $1.2 million per season.
The deal was broken by Motte’s agent Rich Evans on Twitter.
The terms were confirmed by TSN 1040 Insider Rick Dhaliwal.
Motte played 34 games with the Canucks last season, scoring four goals and adding four assists. He played 17 games in the playoffs scoring four goals (he had two multiple-goal games) and got one assist. Motte was acquired at the 2018 trade deadline when he and Jussi Jokinen were shipped to Vancouver from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Thomas Vanek.
Motte has made his mark on the penalty kill and on the bottom six, but it is clear that his biggest strength is on the penalty kill because he reads the play very well and forces turnovers to kill valuable time for opponents.
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At five-on-five, he provides speed and energy and drives to the net well. Defensively, he is known for breaking the puck out and blocking shots. It is good to see Jim Benning bring back a reliable penalty killer for two more years.
The Port Huron Michigan native first broke into the NHL after a respectable career with the University of Michigan and with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2016-17. season. In the summer of 2017, he was part of the Artemi Panarin trade to Columbus before making his way to Vancouver at the 2018 deadline mentioned above.
Motte was the first domino to fall for Canucks free agents and now questions remain on Tyler Toffoli, Jacob Markstrom (has been reported that it doesn’t look like he will be returning to Vancouver according to Bob Mckenzie) and Jake Virtanen (who has filed for arbitration.)
Keep your eyes on The Canuck Way for more free agent updates.