February 20, 2018 | 12:30pm ET



Erik Gudbranson, defenceman


The Vancouver Canucks have signed defenceman Erik Gudbranson to a three-year, $12 million contract extension.

“Erik is an important part of our team and provides a physical element to our blueline,” said Canucks GM Jim Benning. “His leadership qualities help us as we continue to integrate younger players in our lineup. He is a quality person, a great teammate, outstanding in the community and we are excited to have him as part of our team moving forward.”

Gudbranson, 26, has recorded two goals and two assists in 41 games with the Canucks this season. His 99 hits rank third on the team while his 64 blocked shots rank fourth. 

In 380 career NHL games over seven seasons split between Vancouver and Florida, Gudbranson has collected 14 goals and 39 assists for 53 points and 397 penalty minutes. 

The Ottawa native was acquired from Florida along with a 2016 fifth round selection in exchange for Jared McCann and 2016 second and fourth round selections on May 25, 2016. 

Gudbranson was originally selected third-overall by Florida in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.