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Tanner Pearson Signs Three-Year Contract Extension

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On Thursday, Tanner Pearson and the Vancouver Canucks agreed to a contract extension. Pearson has had a confusing tenure with the Canucks as there were rumors swirling about him potentially being traded at the trade deadline. Those rumors ended when Tanner Pearson suffered a lower-body injury almost a month ago. Instead of trading him the Canucks inked him to a three contract worth 9.75 million dollars. 

Tanner Pearson Contract Breakdown

According to Thomas Drance, the contract will be worth $3.25 million per year. The contract has a no-trade clause and a modified no-trade clause. This means that the Vancouver Canucks will have to ask Pearson’s permission before they can trade him. The no-trade clause only lasts for the first season of the contract. In the second season, Pearson will have a modified no-trade clause. This means Pearson will choose seven teams that the Canucks could possibly trade him to. In the third and final year of his contract, Pearson does not have any protection from being traded. 

Tanner Pearson Career Overview

The eight-year NHL veteran and Stanley Cup champion has been a very solid player in his career. Since entering the league in the 2013-14 season with the Los Angeles Kings, Tanner Pearson has played for three different franchises. In parts of six NHL seasons with the Kings, he played in 325 games and registered 69 goals to go along with 75 assists. During the 2018-19 season, the Kings traded Pearson to the Pittsburgh Penguins. With Pittsburgh, Pearson suited up for 44 games and scored nine goals. The Penguins decided to trade him in the same season that they acquired him to the Canucks.

Following his second trade of the season, he played 19 games to finish the year. In those 19 games, he scored nine goals and added three assists. To continue his success, he played 69 games in his first full season with the Canucks. He probably would have scored a career-high in goals but unfortunately, COVID-19 cut the season short. Nevertheless, he finished with 21 goals and 24 assists.

His strong play continued into 2021 as he has scored six goals and five assists in 33 games. His very respectable statistics helped make him one of the most sought-after trade pieces ahead of the 2021 deadline but the Canucks decided to sign him to an extension before anybody else could try to acquire his services.

How Will Tanner Pearson Fit In the Lineup

At the moment, Tanner Pearson is out with an injury. He suffered a lower-body injury three weeks ago and hasn’t been in the lineup since. So, where will he fit in the roster when he returns? Currently the Canucks have Jimmy Vesey playing on the second line alongside J.T. Miller and Jake Virtanen. Jimmy Vesey joined the franchise after they claimed him off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Vesey doesn’t have a point yet in four games with Vancouver, so once Pearson recovers and returns to the lineup, he should find himself playing on that second line alongside J.T Miller and Jake Virtanen.

Final Thoughts

The three-year extension should be a fair deal for both the Vancouver Canucks and Pearson. Once he returns from the lower-body injury he suffered almost a month ago he hopefully will continue his strong season. The next three seasons should be very successful for the Canucks as they have a mix of veteran talents such as Bo Horvat, Tanner Pearson, and J.T. Miller to go along with the next generation of promising Canucks. Elias Petterson, Quinn Hughes, Nils Hoglander, and Thatcher Demko should be the leaders of the Canucks for the future but Tanner Pearson should play a pivotal role in the team’s success.

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