The Vancouver Canucks‘ blue line will have a decisively new look in 2018-19, as the club has added big-bodied defender Tyler Myers to the mix on a five-year deal, the club announced Monday.
Myers’ new contract will carry a cap hit of $6 million, meaning he’ll slot in alongside Alexander Edler as the highest-paid defenders on the team, and alongside Loui Eriksson as the highest-paid players on the Canucks roster overall.
The 25-year-old rearguard is coming off a five-year stint in Winnipeg that saw him amass 114 points over 270 games while averaging 21:40 minutes of ice per game. Prior to this half-decade with the Jets, Myers spent six seasons with the Buffalo Sabres — the club that originally drafted him 12th overall back in 2008 — posting 151 points through 365 games.
Myers’ Canucks foray will see him return to the province in which he spent his early days in the game, as the Houston-born defenceman played his junior hockey with the Kelowna Rockets.
A Calder Memorial Trophy winner in his rookie season, Myers posted 31 points through 80 games for Winnipeg last season. His best campaign came in his debut season, wherein he posted 48 points for the Sabres.
July 1, 2019