Less than 24 hours prior to the opening of free agency, the Canucks have locked up one of their own, re-signing Anton Rodin to a one-year contract worth $700,000.
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) June 30, 2017
The contract is a one-way deal, meaning Rodin gets paid NHL money whether he makes the NHL team or not. Rodin was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
To say that Rodin has had a bizarre career would be an understatement.
A second round pick by the Canucks back in 2009, Rodin took 7 years, 5 months & 26 days to finally make his NHL debut. No Canucks draft pick in team history has taken longer to find their way to the NHL.
After a couple of underwhelming seasons in the AHL, Rodin went back to Sweden in 2013. He rediscovered his game with Brynas IF Gavle of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), scoring 112 points in 134 games over three seasons.
In 2015-16, Rodin was the MVP of the SHL, scoring 37 points in 33 games in a season cut short by a knee injury.
Injuries plagued Rodin in his return to North America, as he appeared in just three games with the Canucks last season. He dressed for an additional game, but sat on the bench for the full 60 minutes.
So while the contract is fairly low risk for the Canucks, there are many questions regarding the 26-year-old winger. Is he healthy? Can he stay healthy? Does he have what it takes to excel in the National Hockey League?
We’ll begin to find out next fall.