Canucks sign free agent Jordie Benn to 2-year, $4 million contract

Jul 1 2019, 8:27 am

Jordie Benn is coming home, as the Vancouver Canucks have landed the Victoria, BC native on the first day of free agency.

The contract is a two-year deal worth $2 million per season.

“Jordie is an experienced defenceman who brings leadership and versatility to our team,” said Canucks GM Jim Benning. “His steady presence will be an example and support to our young players.”

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Benn is one of two significant acquisitions by the Canucks, who also signed Tyler Myers today.

The 31-year-old defenceman played parts of the last three seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, scoring 22 points (5-17-22) in 81 games in 2018-19. He played 18:12 per game last season – fourth-most among Habs defencemen (minimum 20 games).

The 6-foot-2, 199-pound defenceman will help the Canucks most on the penalty kill, where he was used extensively by the Canadiens.

The brother of Dallas Stars star Jamie Benn, Jordie played parts of six seasons with his more famous brother.

A left-shot blueliner, Benn is the more affordable replacement for Ben Hutton, who was not tendered a qualifying offer.