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Linden Vey officially signs 1-year deal with Vancouver Canucks

Linden Vey has officially signed a one-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks, the team announced on Wednesday.

Vey was brought over to Vancouver at June's NHL Entry Draft, traded from Los Angeles Kings in return for a late second-round draft pick.

The Vancouver Sun has reported the original two-way qualifying offer as $735,000 at the NHL level and $67,500 at the minor-league or AHL level.

"My agent had said, maybe there's a chance I might get moved," Vey told Canucks.com. "When I found out it was Vancouver, obviously I was really excited, coming back to Canada and such a great hockey market."

Vey was coached by current Canucks bench boss Willie Desjardins for three years, when both were with the WHL's Medicine Hat Tigers. The 22-year-old is expected to jump into Vancouver's NHL lineup right away, as either the team's third or fourth line center.

"We had a really good relationship," he said. "The three years he coached me, you always have a little bit of a love-hate with your coach. He's a guy that pushes you. He's a guy that you don't think he'd be so intense but when you get behind the bench, he's a guy that just really wants to win.

"He just finds ways to get the best out of his players and it shows in his track record."

Vey had 48 points in 43 games for L.A.'s AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, in the 2013-14 season.

In 18 games with the Kings last year, Vey scored five assists. That may not sound like many points, but one of them looked like this:

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