Slegr, 32, signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Canucks
in early September after splitting last season between leagues in
Russia and his native Czech Republic.
Slegr was a healthy scratch 30 times with the Canucks. He
recorded two goals, five assists and a plus-6 rating in 16 games
while averaging a little more than 12 minutes of ice time. He also
saw occasional power-play time.
"I am happy to be going to a team that wants me, but I'm not
happy to leave Vancouver. I love it here," Slegr said.
He started the season platooning with Bryan Allen as the
Canucks' sixth defenseman. But Slegr's playing time drop off as
Allen emerged as a physical force and steady penalty killer.
A 10-year NHL veteran, Slegr was originally selected by the
Canucks in the second round of the 1990 draft. He has 47 goals and
167 assists in 554 career games with Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Atlanta,
Detroit, and two stints in Vancouver.
Slegr won the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2002 before returning
to Europe the following season.
He played 10 games last season with HC Litvinov Chemopetrol of the Czech Elite League and six more with Omsk Avangard of the
Russian League, recording three goals and five assists before
sustaining hernia and groin injuries.
The Canucks recalled 19-year-old forward Ryan Kesler from
Manitoba of the American Hockey League and put him in the starting
lineup Saturday night against Anaheim.
Kesler, the Canucks' first-round pick in last year's draft,
scored his first NHL goal during a seven-game stint earlier in the
season. He was also a member of the USA gold-medal winning team at
the World Junior Hockey Championships earlier this month.