October 7, 2019 | 12:05am ET
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CANUCKS TRADE BIEGA TO RED WINGS

 
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Alex Biega, defenceman

 

The Vancouver Canucks have traded defenceman Alex Biega to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for left wing David Pope.

Biega, 31, appeared in 179 NHL games with the Canucks since debuting in 2014-15, totaling four gols and 32 assists for 36 points and 94 penalty minutes.

The Montreal native posted his best statistical season with Vancouver last season, registering a career-high 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) to rank fourth among Canucks defensemen in points, despite skating in only 41 games.

Biega is originally a fifth-round draft pick (147th overall) of the Buffalo Sabres in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Pope, 23, split last season between Grand Rapids (AHL) and Toledo Walleye (ECHL). He posted three points (two goals, one assist) in 28 games with Grand Rapids and four points (three goals, one) in seven games with Toledo.

The Edmonton native was originally drafted by the Red Wings in the fourth round, 109th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.