Now that they’ve clinched a playoff spot, the Vancouver Canucks did some housekeeping on Wednesday.
They signed forward Derek Dorsett to a four-year deal with an average annual cap hit of $2.65 million, via Bob McKenzie. He established single-season career-highs in both points (25) and assists (18). Dorsett currently leads the team in hits (163) and his team-leading 169 penalty minutes rank fourth in the League.
Defenseman Luca Sbisa signed a 3-year extension. He has 11 points (3-8-11) and 46 penalty minutes. He currently ranks second on the team in both hits with 149 and blocked shots with 127.
The term? Three years, $3.6 million per season against the cap.
What the what?
Dorsett gets a cap hit that’s just over $1 million more than his previous deal, despite this contract spanning four years. It’s actually the fifth-highest cap number on the team at the moment. And he's actually the worst possession forward on the team.
Sbisa … well, let’s just say some aren’t enamored with his play. Canucks Army broke down his stats, and came to this conclusion earlier this season:
Re-signing Sbisa for one year is likely akin to lighting money on fire, but it's not the end of the world. On the other hand, re-signing him to a lucrative multi-year extension would be the first move in constructing a Panzer division to compete with Edmonton's.
We’re going to guess they’re not exactly cool with his contract.
He had a cap hit of $2.175 million this season. So this is, uh, quite the raise.