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Erik Gudbranson | Defenseman | #44

Team: Vancouver Canucks
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/7/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 220
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (3) / FLA
Contract: view contract details

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Erik Gudbranson has agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract for the 2017-18 campaign.
Gudbranson would have become a restricted free agent this summer. He was limited to 30 games this season because he suffered a torn ligament in his wrist that resulted in surgery. If he bounces back next season then he'll likely be in line for a big contract. Jun 15 - 5:24 PM

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Erik Gudbranson (wrist) skated on Tuesday.

He was skating early in the morning and got back on the ice at the end of the session. Gudbranson doesn't have a timetable for his return. He hasn't played since Dec. 13 after he had wrist surgery.
Mar 28 - 2:48 PM

Erik Gudbranson will undergo wrist surgery to repair a torn ligament, and will be lost to the Vancouver Canucks for an unknown amount of time.

The Canucks said they'll have a timeline for his return following his surgery. "Erik suffered ligament damage to his wrist this season that has affected his wrist function," GM Jim Benning said. "Continued treatment and rehabilitation have not improved his condition and Erik and our Canucks medical team believe that surgery offers the best long-term outcome and are confident in a full recovery." Gudbranson has posted a goal and six points with 18 PIMs, 44 blocks, and 66 hits.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 02:26:00 PM

The Canucks announced that Erik Gudbranson will be sidelined with a wrist injury.

All the same, the young veteran is not expected to miss much time so consider him day to day for now.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 09:38:00 PM

Erik Gudbranson will be day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

The soon-to-be 25-year-old defender has posted a goal and six points with 18 PIMs, 44 blocks, and 66 hits.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 09:18:00 PM

Former Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson will be returning to Florida for the first time since being acquired by the Canucks.

"I'm excited. It's going to be fun," Gudbranson said. "It's going to be really weird for sure. But it's going to be fun. I made a lot of friends there. I spent five good years there and went through some serious low times and some really good up times so I'm excited to be back." He played 309 games with the Panthers over five seasons.
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 10:52:00 AM

Erik Gudbranson had a goal and an assist in the Canucks' 5-1 win on Thursday.

The marker was Gudbranson's first of the season. In 336 career NHL games he's scored 12 goals.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 11:28:00 AM

Erik Gudbranson was surprised to be traded by Florida, especially after signing a one-year contract with the team shortly before the deal occurred.

"I was surprised about the trade, but Vancouver is a huge hockey market and I'm excited to be going there," said Gudbranson. "This is a team held in pretty high regard. On an individual level you have to be ready to make a difference. I'm excited to keep going this summer, step right in there. It was a shock to be traded, I didn't see it coming. But it's a business. I'll keep going." He will look to impress the Canucks with the hope of securing a long-term contract for himself next summer.
Fri, Aug 12, 2016 12:18:00 PM

The Canucks intend to use Erik Gudbranson as a top-four defender.

Vancouver expects the 6-foot-5, 220-pound blueliner to add some leadership and a physical presence. GM Jim Benning isn't concerned that the analytics community views Gudbranson as a third-pairing defenseman.
Fri, May 27, 2016 04:32:00 PM

Erik Gudbranson reportedly turned down a four-year, $18 million extension with the Florida Panthers before the trade.

Florida and Gudbranson ended up agreeing to a $3.5 million bridge contract instead. From there, the Panthers dealt him to Vancouver in exchange for Jared McCann, a 2016 second round pick, and a 2016 fourth rounder. That's a nice haul for Gudbranson, but until the trade it looked like the defenseman would be a significant piece of the Panthers for years to come. However, his refusal to sign that four-year contract ultimately played a role in Florida deciding to take a different path.
Thu, May 26, 2016 05:05:00 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have acquired Erik Gudbranson and a 2016 fifth-round draft pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jared McCann, a 2016 second round pick, and a 2016 fourth rounder.

That's a hefty price to pay for Gudbranson, but he's still just 24 years old and will provide the Canucks with some needed defensive help. He's a defensive defenseman who finished the 2015-16 campaign with two goals, nine points, and 49 penalty minutes in 64 contests. On May 9 he inked a one-year extension with Florida that will pay him $3.5 million.
Wed, May 25, 2016 09:19:00 PM

Erik Gudbranson has reached an agreement with Florida on a one-year contract.

His new deal will reportedly pay him $3.5 million. "We are very pleased to have signed Erik," GM Dale Tallon said. "He is an important part of our young core who has continued to develop into a reliable, physical presence on our blue line and a strong leader in our locker room." Gudbranson is eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of the 2017-18 season, but the Panthers will probably lock him up before that happens.
Mon, May 9, 2016 02:38:00 PM

Erik Gudbranson will be back in the lineup Thursday night in Florida's playoff opener after he missed the final three games of the regular season.

He had an upper-body injury and a foot issue. "He's a big, physical guy who plays a shutdown role for us," coach Gerard Gallant said. "He plays against the top players on the other team, blocks a lot of shots, kills a lot of penalties, does a real good job for us. Guddy has taken a big step for our team this year. He's very confident, moves the puck real well and is a big part of our blueline." He is excited to be back in the playoffs again after he played back in 2012.
Thu, Apr 14, 2016 05:38:00 PM

Erik Gudbranson appears to be ready to return from an upper-body injury and a foot issue.

He was back on the ice Monday for practice and GM Dale Tallon said "it looks like Erik will be ready to go." Gudbranson missed the last two games of the season and he was seen wearing a walking boot on Saturday.
Tue, Apr 12, 2016 08:11:00 AM

Coach Gerard Gallant said that Erik Gudbranson is "doing real well."

He was sent home Tuesday because of a foot issue and concussion symptoms, but that mostly done as a precaution. Still, Gudbranson isn't expected to play in Saturday's regular-season finale.
Fri, Apr 8, 2016 08:33:00 AM

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5Michael Chaput
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3Reid Boucher
4Alexander Burmistrov
5Brendan Gaunce
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D1Alexander Edler
2Ben Hutton
3Michael Del Zotto
4Chris Tanev
5Troy Stecher
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