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Canucks re-sign Lapierre, Alberts to two-year deals

The Vancouver Canucks announced the signings of two key contributors to their Presidents' Trophy winning squad, as forward Maxim Lapierre and defenseman Andrew Alberts agreed to two-year contracts Wednesday.

Lapierre, 26, finished with 6 goals, 12 points and 80 penalty minutes in 78 games played last season with the Canucks, Anaheim Ducks and Montreal Canadiens. During the playoffs, Lapierre recorded 3 goals, 5 points and 66 penalty minutes in 25 games played. He also ranked second in the League in hits (83) in the playoffs and notched the game-winning goal in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The Saint-Leonard, Quebec, native has appeared in 333 NHL games, recording 41 goals, 84 points and 301 penalty minutes over the span of six NHL seasons with the Canadiens, Ducks and Canucks. The 6-2, 207-pound centre was originally selected with the 61st pick in the 2003 Entry Draft by Montreal.

Alberts, 29, appeared in 42 games last season, recording 1 goal, 7 points and 41 penalty minutes. The 6-5, 209-pound defenseman led Canucks blueliners in hits with 113. In the playoffs, Alberts played in nine games, collecting 6 penalty minutes.

The Minneapolis, Minnesota, native has appeared in 381 career games, recording 6 goals, 51 points and 420 penalty minutes over the span of six NHL seasons with the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes and Canucks.

Alberts was originally selected 179th in the 2001 Entry Draft by Boston.