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7/1/2006 8:28:33 PM

With Ed Jovanovski and Nolan Baumgartner leaving in free agency, the Vancouver Canucks have made a move to shore up the blueline, signing Willie Mitchell to a four-year, $14-million contract.

"We are excited to have agreed to a long-term deal with Willie today," Vancouver general manager Dave Nonis said. "Willie is a fierce competitor and is one of the top defensive defensemen in the game today."

A stay-at-home defenceman, Mitchell had ten points and a plus-19 rating with Minnesota and Dallas in 2005-2006.

Mitchell, 29, is a B.C. native from Port McNeill and has 61 points in 322 career NHL games.
 

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Good move.I've always been a fan from his AHL days.:thumbsup:
 

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This guy was a real thorn in Vancouver's side during the 2003 playoffs. I wonder how the reaction by some will be. Relief? Likely.

A very solid guy in his own end of the rink. $3.5M is a bit too expensive for him IMO, but still a good pick-up.
 
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