Vancouver Canucks Re-Sign Dakota Joshua

The Vancouver Canucks have made a notable move, as they have re-signed forward Dakota Joshua to a four-year, $13 million contract ($3.25 million AAV).

Joshua, 28, was one of the more notable free agents who could hit the market on July 1. There were several teams expected to target him if he hit the free agent market, but now that can be forgotten. The Canucks have successfully gotten him re-signed, and he will continue to be a key part of their roster because of it. 

The Canucks freed up cap space last night when they traded Ilya Mikheyev to the Chicago Blackhawks. Now, they have quickly gotten Joshua re-signed in response to it. 

Joshua, 28, is coming off of a career season with the Canucks, so it is understandable that he gotten this sweet raise because of it. In 63 games with the Canucks in 2023-24, he posted new career highs with 18 goals, 14 assists, 32 points, and a plus-19 rating. In addition to this, he was quite impactful when it came to his physical style of play, as he had 245 hits.

With this move, the Canucks are keeping another one of their top free agents around. It would not be surprising to see them make a push to keep some of their other big-name free agents around as we get closer to July 1 from here.

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