Vancouver Canucks Hand Out Huge Extension To Hronek

The Vancouver Canucks have been involved in negotiations on a number of fronts this offseason, trying to re-sign some key players. The first deal to get done is with a restricted free agent, as they've inked defenseman Filip Hronek to an 8-year deal at $7.25 million annually.

Hronek was a workhorse as a first-pairing d-man in his first full year in Vancouver, playing 23:26 per game and registering 44 assists with 48 points in 81 games.

Canucks GM Patrik Allvin spoke on the signing:

“Filip has fit in seamlessly on our blueline, giving us stability and strength on the right side. His ability to skate, defend and create offence is exactly what you want from a top pairing defenceman. This season he has shown all of us his desire to compete and a willingness to be a leader on this hockey team. We look forward to seeing him continue to help elevate our group and for him to grow both on and off the ice.” 

The right-shot defenseman came to Vancouver in a trade with the Detroit Red Wings at last year's deadline in what seemed like a curious move at the time, as the Canucks were well out of the playoff picture. But there was obviously a method to the team's madness, as Hronek has panned out as well as could have been hoped.

He set career highs this season in points (48), assists (43) and plus/minus (+33), and helped lead the Canucks to one of the top records in the league. 

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