The 24-year-old center is a pending restricted free agent. He’ll become unrestricted should he not be qualified. His cap hit last season was $1 million.
Acquired from the Kings two summers ago, Vey had just 15 points in 41 NHL games last season. He started it in the AHL, clearing waivers in October.
Suffice to say, it was not the season that he’d hoped for. If not for all the injuries that the Canucks suffered, he might have spent it entirely in the minors.
Of course, little did many know that, since 2013, Vey had been dealing with a serious personal matter. It was revealed in May that his father would be tried for conspiracy to commit murder. Earlier this month, his father was convicted on that charge.
Where the future lies for Vey’s hockey career remains to be seen. Some believe he should seek a fresh start in Europe; others still see potential for him as an NHLer.
The Canucks could still sign Vey even if they don’t qualify him. But as of right now, they’re expected to go with Henrik Sedin, Brandon Sutter, Bo Horvat and Markus Granlund as their four centers. Brendan Gaunce can also play the middle, should the need arise.