NHL Signings: Canucks extend Andrei Kuzmenko, Rangers sign Ben Harpur, and more

Vancouver Canucks forward Andrei Kuzmenko agreed to terms on a two-year, $11 million contract extension on Thursday.

The deal runs through the 2024-25 season and includes a 12-team no-trade list, per multiple reports.

This is coming off the heels of Kevin Weekes scoop that the two sides were discussing a deal on Wednesday night.

Canucks sign Andrei Kuzmenko

The 26-year-old Russian rookie has made an immediate impact since joining the Canucks from the Kontinental Hockey League on July 13.

“Andrei is a player we worked extremely hard to recruit last summer,” Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said. “He has been an excellent fit for our forward group this season, transitioning very well to the North American style of play. His passion and enthusiasm for the game has made a positive impact in the dressing room among his teammates and we are excited to watch him continue his career with the Vancouver Canucks.”


Kuzmenko has recorded 43 points (21 goals, 22 assists) in 47 games this season, including seven (four goals, three assists) in his last six contests.

He set career highs with 20 goals and 33 assists in 45 games with SKA St. Petersburg last season in the KHL. He added seven goals and seven assists in 16 playoff games.

Rangers extend Ben Harpur

Ben Harpur
Jan 25, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Ben Harpur (5) warms up before playing the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers have announced a two-year contract extension for Ben Harpur with a an AAV of $785,500 per CapFriendly.

Harpur, 28, has recorded three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in 18 games since being called up from the Wolf Pack. Per the Rangers press release, New York is 11-4-3 and have allowed the third fewest goals against per game (2.23) since he debuted on December 15.

The 6-6, 231 pound defender was taken by the Ottawa Senators in the fourth-round of the 2013 Draft. He played parts of six seasons with the Sens and the Nashville Predators before joining the Rangers organization on a PTO this season.

Coyotes sign Juuso Valimaki

The Arizona Coyotes agreed to a one-year contract extension Tuesday with defenseman Juuso Valimaki.

Terms were not disclosed but multiple reports put the value of the deal at $1 million.

“We are very pleased to sign Juuso to a one-year extension,” general manager Bill Armstrong said in a release. “He is a big, strong, two-way defenseman who has been a great addition to our defensive corps. We look forward to having him on our roster next season.”

The Coyotes claimed Valimaki off waivers from Calgary prior to the start of the season. He has two goals and 10 assists in 43 games with Arizona.

Valimaki, 24, has 28 points (five goals, 23 assists) in 125 games with the Coyotes and Flames, who drafted the Finland native in the first round (16th overall) in 2017.

–Field Level Media

–The Daily Goal Horn contributed to this article