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Christian Wolanin signs two-year deal with Vancouver Canucks

The former UND defenseman was one of the top-scoring blue liners in the AHL before getting called up to the NHL.

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Anaheim Ducks
Vancouver Canucks defenseman Christian Wolanin (86) shoots on goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Honda Center on March 19, 2023.
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GRAND FORKS โ€” Christian Wolanin started the season in the American Hockey League.

He racked up 55 points in 49 games, most of any AHL defenseman.

Thanks to that big start, Wolanin earned a call-up to the NHL's Vancouver Canucks โ€” and he'll be sticking with the organization for the next two seasons.

Wolanin signed a two-year deal with Vancouver on Thursday that will take him through the 2024-25 season.

According to CapFriendly, Wolanin will make $775,000 per season if he's in the NHL and $500,000 per season if he's in the AHL.

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"Christian has been a key contributor at both the AHL and NHL level this season," Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said. "He has developed nicely under the watchful eye of our Abbotsford coaching staff and player development team. This has allowed him to step into his current role in the NHL and show that he can help our team get results."

Wolanin played at UND from 2015-18, winning an NCAA title as a freshman. As a junior, he became the first defenseman to lead UND in scoring since James Patrick.

He signed with the Ottawa Senators, who drafted him in the fourth round, after his junior season.

Wolanin spent parts of four seasons with Ottawa. He's also played for the Los Angeles Kings and Buffalo Sabres.

The 28-year-old has played in 85 NHL games, scoring six goals and 23 points.

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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