The Vancouver Canucks have acquired the services of defenseman Ethan Bear and forward Lane Pedersen in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. In exchange, the Hurricanes will receive the Canucks’ fifth-round NHL draft pick.
“We’re pleased to have added an established defenseman to our blue line,” Canucks general manager Patrik Alvin said regarding the arrival of Bear. “It gives the coaching staff another option with his right shot, his ability to move pucks, and his ability to get the puck out of our own end quick. [Bear’s] transition game has been something that I’ve watched over the years that I like.”
Bear has also proven to be a strong asset going forward, with five goals and nine assists in 58 games for the Hurricanes last season. Carolina will retain $400,000 of the 25-year-old player’s $2.2 million contract which is set to expire at the end of the current season.
Pedersen has appeared in 44 NHL games for the Arizona Coyotes and the San Jose Sharks, scoring a goal and bagging four assists. Prior to the trade, the 25-year-old Pedersen last represented the Chicago Wolves in the American Hockey League.