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Canucks sign highly-coveted scorer Loui Eriksson to six-year contract

FILE - Boston Bruins' Loui Eriksson leaves the locker room after an end of season meda availabiity at Boston's TD Garden in an April 11, 2016, file photo. The Vancouver Canucks signed highly-coveted free agent forward Loui Eriksson to a six-year, US$36 million contract on Friday.
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July 01, 2016 - 3:22 PM

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks signed highly-coveted free agent forward Loui Eriksson to a six-year, US$36 million contract on Friday.

The 30-year-old right winger spent the last three seasons with the Boston Bruins and scored 30 times while adding 33 assists in 82 games last year.

Eriksson scored a career-high 36 goals in 2008-09 with the Dallas Stars, an organization which he spent the first seven years of his career with.

The six foot two, 183 pounder has represented Sweden on multiple occasions internationally, including the 2014 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

He is expected to play on a line with twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin.

"Loui is an excellent two-way forward, an elite scorer and playmaker with great defensive instincts," Canuck general manager Jim Benning said in a release.

"He is an accomplished player who helps our team now and in the future as a leader and role model for our young players to follow. We're excited to have Loui join our team and help us compete every night."

The Canucks had the third-worst record in the NHL last season, finishing 31-38-13 for 75. The team also scored just 191 goals.

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