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Canucks Daily: More Vancouver Signings as the Dust Settled, Gaudreau to Columbus

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Phil Di Giuseppe spoke to the Vancouver Canucks media last October.

Phil Di Giuseppe is back, the Vancouver Canucks signed the veteran forward late Wednesday afternoon to a two-way NHL-AHL contract. The 28-year-old played 42 games for the Abbotsford Canucks of the American Hockey League last season and put up 12 goals and 36 points. The one-year deal will pay the left wing $750,000 at the NHL level and a $475,000 rate when playing in the minors.

Vancouver Canucks General Manager Patrik Allvin also announced the signing of goaltender Collin Delia to a one-year deal. Delia comes over from the Chicago Blackhawks organization where he split time between the AHL and NHL last season. The netminder signed a one-way NHL deal worth $750,000.

He’s played 32 career NHL games. In the eight he played last season, he posted a save percentage of .899 and a goals against average of 3.85. You might recall the Blackhawks weren’t very good.

Wait, There’s More …

Allvin added a big body with the signing of 6-foot-3, 205-pound forward Dakota Joshua to a two-year contract.

“We are so pleased to be able to sign a player with this type of upside,” said Allvin in the Canucks announcement. “Dakota is a big body, has a heavy game, plays hard, and is a good skater. Ryan Johnson and Trent Cull were very impressed with his skill-set when he played six games for the Utica Comets the year we shared our farm team with St Louis. Adding him to our roster will definitely make us a tougher team to play against.”

Tough to play against is exactly what the Vancouver Canucks need. He’ll earn an average of $825,000 over the next two seasons.

Joshua, age 26, appeared in 30 regular season games with the St. Louis Blues last season, picking up eight points and 16 penalty minutes.

And Another …

Who’s Wyatt Kalynuk? He’s a left-shot defenceman from Brandon, Manitoba and he’s now a member of the Vancouver Canucks organization. Like Delia, he comes over from the Chicago Blackhawks where he played five NHL games last season and another 52 with the Rockford Icehogs of the AHL. Kalynuk actually had a pretty decent first NHL partial season in 2020-’21 when he tallied four goals and five assists in 21 games on the blueline.

He signed a two-way deal that’ll pay him $750,000 or $300,000 depending on for which team he’s skating. It’ll likely be Abbotsford for the duration or at least for a great majority of the season.

ICYMI

Um, yeah, so Johnny Gaudreau took his puck and left the Calgary Flames and signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets for seven years. Just once more to clarify … Johnny Gaudreau left the Calgary Flames and signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets for seven years.

He turned down an extra $16-million or so he would have made had he stayed in Alberta.

Like Forrest Gump once said, “That’s all I have to say about that.”

Have a great day!

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Luke

Could Guardreau have just been sick and tired of Sutter?

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