Just hours after trading Nick Bonino and Adam Clendening to Pittsburgh for Brandon Sutter, the Canucks signed forward Sven Baertschi to a one-year, one-way deal.
UPDATE: Per Sportsnet, it’s worth $900,000 — up from the $894,166 cap hit he carried from his entry-level deal.
Baertschi, 22, was originally Calgary’s first-round pick (13th overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, only to be flipped to Vancouver at last season’s trade deadline in a much-needed change of scenery. The skillfull Swiss winger struggled to find his niche with the Flames but showed well within the Canucks organization following the trade — he scored 15 points in 15 games for AHL Utica during the regular season, and another 15 in 21 games en route to the Calder Cup Final.
Baertschi also played in three regular-season games for the Canucks — scoring twice — and got called up for a pair of games in Vancouver’s opening-round playoff loss to Calgary.
The one-way deal suggests Baertschi should start next year in Vancouver.