Canucks sign trio of free agent defencemen


VANCOUVER — Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced Monday the Canucks have signed 2008 draft pick Yann Sauve and free agents Lee Sweatt and Chris Tanev. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Sauve, 20, appeared in 61 games with the Saint John Sea Dogs in 2009-10, recording 36 points (7-29-36), +42 and 65 penalty minutes. During the 2009-10 campaign, he was named the QMJHL Scholastic Player of the Month in November 2009, the defensive player of the week (Oct. 19-25) and was a member of the QMJHL Team in the 2009 Subway Super Series between Canada and Russia. Sauve now holds the franchise record for most games played in a career with the Sea Dogs, appearing in 251 over the span of four seasons. Sauve also appeared in 21 playoff games in 2010, collecting 15 points (5-10-15) and 36 penalty minutes.

Sweatt, 24, split the 2009-10 season between Riga Dynamo (KHL) and TPS Turku (FNL). With the Dynamo, the Elburn, Illinois native recorded seven points (2-5-7) and 18 penalty minutes in 37 games. He also collected 16 points (9-7-16) and eight penalty minutes in 21 games with TPS Turku.

Tanev, 20, spent the 2009-10 season with the Rochester Institute of Technology, notching 28 points (10-18-28) and four penalty minutes in 41 games. He also led his team in plus/minus (+34).