Jake Virtanen signs 2-year deal with hometown Canucks, avoids arbitration

The Vancouver Canucks have signed a new deal with right-winger Jake Virtanen.

The team announced Thursday that the 24-year-old from Abbotsford, B.C., has agreed to a two-year contract worth $5.1 million US.

The move means the restricted free agent avoids the arbitration hearing scheduled for Oct. 28.

Virtanen registered a career-high 36 points (18 goals, 18 assists) for the Canucks last season, and posted another three (two goals, one assist) in 16 post-season appearances.

Originally drafted sixth overall by Vancouver in 2014, Virtanen has played five seasons for his hometown team.

Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a release that six-foot-one, 226-pound forward has made progress in his two-way game, and uses his size and speed to create chances on offence.

Senators, Brown agree to 3-year contract

The Ottawa Senators have avoided arbitration with Connor Brown by signing the forward to a three-year, $10.8-million US contract.

The Senators and Brown were scheduled to have an arbitration hearing Thursday.

Brown had 16 goals and 27 assists over 71 games for the Senators last season. His 27 assists and 43 points were career highs.

The 26-year-old from Toronto was selected by the Maple Leafs in the sixth round, 156th overall, at the 2012 NHL draft.

Connor Brown is seen with the Ottawa Senators in a game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center in Los Angeles on March 11. (Harry How/Getty Images)

He was acquired by Ottawa along with defenceman Nikita Zaitsev in a July 1, 2019 trade that sent defencemen Cody Ceci and Ben Harpur to Toronto.

Brown has 142 points (59 goals, 83 assists) and 68 penalty minutes over 324 career NHL games with Toronto and Ottawa.

“We’re very happy to have Connor back under contract,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said in a release. “He brings a veteran presence to our lineup and is a player who can play in different situations.

“He’s durable, has a strong work ethic with great practice habits and is regarded as a leader by his teammates.”

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