Canucks sign Alex Biega to a 2-year contract extension
According to a report from Renaud Lavoie (Quebec’s answer to Bob McKenzie), the Vancouver Canucks have re-signed 27-year-old defenceman Alex Biega to a two-year contract extension.
#canucks Alex Biega contract extension: 16-17 $700 000, 17-18 $800 000 ($1.5M total) #tvasports
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) February 2, 2016
The contract is a one-way deal which carries a cap hit of $750,000.
Nothing has been handed to Biega, an undersized defenceman at just 5’10”, 187 pounds.
After being drafted in the 5th round by Buffalo in 2006, he was never given a shot to play for the Sabres. Biega toiled in the minors for three seasons before the Mike Gillis regime brought him to the Canucks organization and he has steadily moved up the organization’s depth chart ever since.
He played his first NHL game for the Canucks last season before appearing in 7 games in 2014-15.
Biega appeared destined to be a career-minor leaguer before this season, given his age and NHL experience.
Since being called up this year, Biega has been a revelation. He has provided defensive stability in an area where the Canucks are sorely lacking and has been rewarded for it.