Pearson agrees to three-year, $9.75 million contract with Canucks

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Tanner Pearson agreed to a three-year, $9.75 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. It has an average annual value of $3.25 million.

The 28-year-old forward is in the final season of a four-year contract he signed with the Los Angeles Kings on May 9, 2017, and could have become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

“Tanner is a veteran who’s won a Stanley Cup and leads by example,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said. “He plays a complete game and provides invaluable leadership experience to our core young players. We are very pleased for Tanner and his family to continue his career as a member of the Vancouver Canucks.”

Pearson has scored 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 33 games this season. He has not played since March 17 because of a lower-body injury that was expected to sideline him for at least four weeks.

Selected by Los Angeles in the first round (No. 30) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Pearson has scored 226 points (114 goals, 112 assists) in 490 regular-season games with the Canucks and Kings. He has scored 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) in 51 Stanley Cup Playoff games and won the Cup with the Kings in 2014.

The Canucks have not played since March 24, a 5-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, because of NHL COVID-19 protocols. Pearson is not one of the 21 Canucks players who have tested positive.

The NHL has postponed six Vancouver games, through April 10: at home against the Calgary Flames on March 31, at the Edmonton Oilers on April 3, at Winnipeg on Sunday and Tuesday, and at Calgary on Thursday and Saturday.

Vancouver is scheduled to play Monday and Wednesday at Edmonton.

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