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Erik Gudbranson | Defenseman | #44

Team: Vancouver Canucks
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/7/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 220
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (3) / FLA
Contract: view contract details

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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. Aug 12 - 12:18 PM

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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.
May 27 - 4:32 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.
May 26 - 5:05 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.
May 25 - 9:19 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.
May 9 - 2:38 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.
Apr 14 - 5:38 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.
Apr 12 - 8:11 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.
Apr 8 - 8:33 AM

Erik Gudbranson (upper body) was sent back to Florida for precautionary reasons, per Panthers coach Gerard Gallant.

Gudbranson absorbed a high hit on Monday and while he's feeling good, he did deal with a concussion earlier this season. Florida's focus is on the playoffs right now so in the short-term they're likely to be extra cautious with their players when it comes to potential injuries.
Apr 7 - 2:30 PM

Erik Gudbranson (upper body) won't play on Tuesday night.

He took a high hit from Toronto's Colin Greening on Monday, so he is going back to Florida. Gudbranson had a concussion earlier this season, so the Panthers are being cautious with him. Consider him day-to-day.
Apr 5 - 1:06 PM

Erik Gudbranson is back in the Panthers' lineup on Thursday night.

The 24-year-old has been out for seven games because of a foot injury, but he's finally able to make his return. Gudbranson brings more toughness to Florida's blue line. He has two goals, nine points and 47 penalty minutes in 61 games this season.
Mar 31 - 7:36 PM

Erik Gudbranson (foot) may return to the lineup on Tuesday against Toronto.

His status will be determined after the morning skate, but he took part in a full session on Monday. Gudbranson has sat out the last six contests.
Mar 29 - 10:38 AM

Erik Gudbranson (foot) has been skating at the Panthers' practice facility.

The injury has kept him out of the lineup for six games. The 24-year-old could make his return on Tuesday night when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Florida. The 24-year-old has two goals and nine points in 61 games this season.
Mar 27 - 10:35 AM

Erik Gudbranson won't travel on Florida's upcoming three-game road trip.

Gudbranson has been dealing with a foot injury and head coach Gerard Gallant confirmed he won't be playing in New York, Boston or Tampa Bay.
Mar 20 - 10:34 AM

Erik Gudbranson will not play Saturday night against Detroit.

He is still dealing with a sore foot. Consider Gudbranson day-to-day.
Mar 19 - 9:18 AM

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D1Alexander Edler
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