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Canucks sign centre Lapierre and defenceman Alberts to two-year contracts

VANCOUVER - The Canucks signed centre Maxim Lapierre and defenceman Andrew Alberts to two-year contracts Wednesday.

Lapierre, 26, had 12 points (six goals, six assists) and 80 penalty minutes in 78 games last season with the Canucks, Anaheim Ducks and Montreal Canadiens.

The Saint-Leonard, Que., native has 84 points and 301 penalty minutes in 333 career NHL games.

Alberts, 29, had seven points (1-6) and 41 penalty minutes in 42 games last season. The six-foot-five, 209-pound Minneapolis native led all Vancouver blue-liners with 113 hits.