BREAKING | Canucks sign B.C. native, veteran of 11 NHL seasons

Published July 2, 2023 at 9:40
The Vancouver Canucks made a splash on the opening day of free agency adding Carson Soucy and Ian Cole to round out their top-four defensive core, as well as getting a third line centerman in Teddy Blueger.

But one signing that went under the radar on Saturday was 11-year veteran defenceman Matt Irwin.

The Canucks announced that they've signed Matt Irwin to a one-year, two-way contract for the 2023-24 season. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman added that the deal is worth $775,000 at the NHL level, with $450 guaranteed.

The Victoria native has appeared in 461 career games in the National Hockey League with the San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, Nashville Predators, Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres and the Washington Capitals, putting up 93 points (25 goals, 68 assists), 211 penalty minutes and is a minus-nine.

Irwin will be competing for a spot on Vancouver's third pairing in training camp and there will be plenty of competition for that spot, but it seems more likely than not that he will start the season with the AHL's Abbotsford Canucks.

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