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Canucks sign restricted-free-agent forward Linden Vey to one-year contract

Los Angeles Kings right wing Linden Vey (57) and New York Islanders center John Tavares, back right, fight for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Los Angeles. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Gus Ruelas

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Los Angeles Kings right wing Linden Vey (57) and New York Islanders center John Tavares, back right, fight for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Los Angeles. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Gus Ruelas

VANCOUVER - After giving up a second-round draft pick for his rights last month, the Vancouver Canucks have signed restricted-free-agent forward Linden Vey to a one-year contract.

Vey, acquired at the draft from the Los Angeles Kings for the 50th pick the Canucks got for defenceman Jason Garrison, should be the No. 3 centre next season.

Canucks general manager Jim Benning said he knew plenty about Vey from his time living in Boston while the 22-year-old played for the AHL's Manchester Monarchs. Vey also played for new coach Willie Desjardins with the WHL's Medicine Hat Tigers.

"There's a familiarity with Linden," Benning said at the draft in Philadelphia. "He's a puck-possession guy, he's strong, he's a good two-way player, he plays a 200-foot game. He's ready to play in the NHL now."

Vey only has 18 games of NHL experience due in part to the Stanley Cup-champion Kings' depth of young forwards. Benning said he'll get more opportunity in Vancouver.

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