The Vancouver Canucks have signed goalie Thatcher Demko to a five year extension forward Tanner Pearson to a three year extension. Demko will make $5 million a year and is locked up through the 2025-26 season while Pearson will make $3.25 million a year and is locked up through the 2023-24 season.
Demko, a native of San Diego, California was originally selected by Vancouver in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft 36th overall, in the second round. In the bubble last season Demko showed his value in four playoff games going 2-1-0 with a .985 save percentage. His performance in those four games was good for a 0.64 goals-against average. In one of those playoff games he recorded his first career shutout making 48 saves against the Vegas Golden Knights. His performance in that game earned him an NHL record for most saves in a regulation shutout victory. So far this season in 25 games played he has a 12-12-1 record, .917 save percentage and 2.77 goals-against average. Twice this season Demko has been named one of the NHL’s Three Stars of the Week. The first one came at the end of the week of January 31st and the second the end of the week of March 7th.
A look at Pearson’s career
Pearson, a native of Kitchener, Ontario was originally selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, 30th overall in the first round. In over eight seasons and 490 games, Pearson has spent time with the Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks. In those eight seasons, he’s collected 226 points with 114 goals and 112 assists. During his time with the Kings, Pearson helped Los Angeles to a Stanley Cup title victory against the New York Rangers. He’s also played in 51 playoff games between Los Angeles and Vancouver where he picked up nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points. Pearson was dealt from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh November 14th, 2018 in exchange for Carl Hagelin. Then on February 25th, 2019 he was dealt to Vancouver in exchange for Erik Gudbranson.
Over parts of three seasons with Vancouver for a total of 121 games, Pearson has picked up 68 points with 36 goals and 32 assists. In the 2019-20 season, he collected a career-high 45 points with 21 goals and 24 assists. Since being acquired by Vancouver on February 25th, 2019 Pearson is tied for fourth in goals among all Canucks with 36. He’s currently tied with Elias Pettersson and Bo Horvat for the lead in goals at home with 22. So far this season in 33 games played, Pearson has picked up six goals and five assists for 11 points. He’s also averaging a career high in on ice time per game this season at 16:33.
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