Linden Vey to accept Canucks’ qualifying offer
Acquired from Kings at NHL draft for second-round pick
Linden Vey (right) in action for the Los Angeles Kings against Mike Santorelli and the Vancouver Canucks last season. The former Medicine Hat Tigers junior star has agreed to a two-way contract with the Canucks after being obtained for a second-round draft pick at this summer's entry draft.
Photograph by: Ric Ernst, PNG
VANCOUVER — Newly acquired centre Linden Vey had to settle for a two-way contract with the Vancouver Canucks, but his agent doesn’t think that is going to be a problem.
Timothy Hodgson said Monday his client has decided to accept the Canucks' one-year qualifying offer of $735,000 at the NHL level and a minor-league salary of $67,500.
"At the end of the day any player would want to be on a one-way, but the reality is Linden would have to clear waivers and to be blunt we are not that concerned about that," Hodgson said.
The two sides talked last week but it became clear the Canucks were not going to budge from their qualifying offer. The deadline for restricted free agents like Vey to accept their qualifying offers is Tuesday.
"I did have some discussions with management and we could not come to consensus on it, so I think the logical choice is just going to be for Linden to play this next year on his qualifying offer and I'm sure we'll revisit it with management down the road," Hodgson said.
Vey, 22, was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings on June 28 in exchange for the second-round draft pick the Canucks received in an earlier deal that sent defenceman Jason Garrison to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Vey was caught in something of a logjam with the Stanley Cup-champion Kings, who have a deep pool of young players. He played just 18 games with the Kings last season, registering five assists. He had 14 goals and 48 points in 43 games with the Kings' AHL affiliate in Manchester, NH.
"He is looking forward to playing in Vancouver," Hodgson said. "Part of the issue in L.A. was that they were so deep at centre he just never got an opportunity and in the near future wasn't certain he would get an opportunity. He will be given an opportunity to prove what he can do, I think."
Vey, who played his junior hockey in Medicine Hat under new Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins, figures to get a long look as Vancouver's third-line centre at training camp.
The Canucks may now put the "on vacation" sign outside their Rogers Arena offices. Vey's signing was the last piece of urgent business to get done for Jim Benning, who has made substantial changes to the team he inherited when he was named the Canucks' new general manager on May 23.
In addition to jettisoning Garrison, Benning dealt centre Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for centre Nick Bonino and defenceman Luca Sbisa. He was active in free agency, signing goalie Ryan Miller and winger Radim Vrbata, and earlier locked up restricted free agents Zack Kassian, Chris Tanev and Yannick Weber.
ICE CHIPS: Jordan Schroeder and Zac Dalpe, two restricted free agents who did not receive qualifying offers from the Canucks, have signed with other teams. Schroeder signed a two-year, two-way deal with the Minnesota Wild while Dalpe inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Buffalo Sabres.
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