Canucks want to re-sign Erik Gudbranson, but why?

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Canucks want to re-sign Erik Gudbranson, but why?
Canucks want to re-sign Erik Gudbranson, but why?

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson was expected to be one of the top names on the trade market this month. The team is in transition, he's on an expiring contract, and there are always contenders in February willing to fork up assets for the potential missing piece to a Stanley Cup run. However, that may not happen now because the Canucks are trying to sign Gudbranson to a long-term contract extension instead, according to Sportsnet's Iain MacIntyre. It would be a puzzling decision for a team that needs to focus on building for the future. Here's more from general manager Jim Benning. “He's a physical, stay-at-home defenseman who helps us,” Benning said. “We have other defensemen who

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