The Vancouver Canucks signed 27 year old defenseman Alex Biega to a cheap, one year deal at the start of the 2015-16 season – and after a quiet but satisfactory year shuttling between Vancouver and the AHL’s Utica Comets, it seems the team is ready to keep him around for a bit longer.
BREAKING: #Canucks defenceman Alex Biega signs 2-year, one-way deal for $1.5mil (700,000 1st year, 800,000 2nd year)
— Adam Forsythe (@adamforsythe) February 2, 2016
Sportsnet 1130 in Vancouver reported on Monday afternoon that Biega, who boasts four assists in 25 games for the Canucks this season, has inked a new one-way extension that will carry him through the next two seasons of his pro hockey career. The deal comes out to $1.5 million total, with $700,000 guaranteed the first year and $800,000 coming in the second and final year of the extension.
As a one-way deal, the only thing that changes about Biega’s NHL/AHL eligibility will be his pay grade; whether the Canucks are playing the Harvard alumnus in the top tier league or for their farm team, his contract will pay him out the same amount either way. At 27, he’s no longer considered waiver exempt regardless of his contract status – but the fact that Biega won’t make less in the minors suggests that this could be a move towards keeping him around as a sixth or seventh defenseman more long-term.
With Biega locked up, the Canucks can now turn their attention to looking at roster movements leading up to the trade deadline and other contracts they’ll need to get under lock.