Vancouver Canucks winger Zach Kassian hopes to increase his production on the ice next season after being rewarded with a two-year contract extension after a solid 2013-14 season, as Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun writes. Kassian recently signed a two-year, $3.5 million deal with the team and said afterwards that he’s ready for what’s next.
“I think it was a fair contract,” Kassian said Friday on a conference call. “From my standpoint and the organization’s standpoint, I think it’s right where I’m at in my career. I feel I can do more but you have to show that on the ice and that’s coming in the next couple of years, and so on and so forth.
“I always thought it would be pretty easy to get the contract done and it ended up like that. So I couldn’t be more happy.”
Kassian, 23, is coming off a breakout season with the Canucks, recording 14 goals and 29 points in 73 games. He spent the prior few years splitting time between the NHL and AHL, but will likely be depended on even more next season after the Canucks traded Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks earlier this month.
He sounds ready, which is good news for a Vancouver team that hopes to return to the playoffs after adding some pieces this offseason, including goaltender Ryan Miller.
The Canucks originally acquired Kassian in 2012 from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Cory Hodgson. He’s a former first-round pick by the Sabres, who drafted him 13th overall in the 2009 draft.
The deal was one of three announced by the Canucks on Friday. Additionally, the team signed defenseman Yannick Weber and minor league goalie Joe Cannata to one-year contracts.