Canucks Re-sign Sami Salo To Four-Year Extension
| Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis announced today that defenceman Sami Salo has signed a four-year extension. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"We are pleased to have agreed to a long-term extension with Sami today," said Nonis. "Sami is an elite defenceman who compliments our group very well. We are confident that he will continue to perform at the high level he has established for himself over the next four seasons."
Salo, 32, has played 63 games for the Canucks this season recording a career high 13 goals and 34 points (13-21-34). Six of his 13 goals this season have been game-winning goals and his plus 19 rating ranks first among all Canucks this year. Salo has established new career highs for points in three of the last four seasons including the last two years. He currently leads all Canucks defencemen with 13 goals and is second with his 34 points. In 470 career NHL games, he has recorded 192 points (58-134-192) and 146 penalty minutes.
The 6'3", 215 lbs. native of Turku, Finland, has represented his country on numerous occasions in international competition. Most recently Salo was a member of the silver medal-winning Team Finland at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.
Originally selected in the 9th round, 239th overall in the 1996 Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators, Salo was acquired by the Canucks in exchange for Peter Schaefer on September 21, 2002.