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The Daily: Why Canucks Need Suter; Dispelling Pens Rumors



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The Vancouver Canucks had four primary concerns heading into this offseason and the Pius Suter signing helps address all of those issues.

The Canucks needed a center. They wanted a new forward who is responsible defensively. They wanted to reset the roster. The club had to find inexpensive additions to get their salary cap situation in order.

“Bringing in Pius for the next couple of years really helps us strengthen our center ice position,” Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said. “Adding a player who has scored 43 goals the past three seasons (is) a boost for us up front and he will also add to our penalty-killing unit. His flexibility to be able to play down the middle or on the wing will give [coach Rick Tocchet] more options when putting together his forward lines.”

The Red Wings always appreciated Suter’s defensive work.

Signing Suter for two years with a $1.6 million cap hit helps Vancouver’s budget. They have reset their roster by signing veterans Suter, Ian Cole, Carson Soucy and Teddy Bleuger. None of those players stretched the team financially.

According to, the Canucks have $765,000 in cap space with a player or two who might be traded to improve that space.

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