Canucks sign free-agent goalie Raycroft

Updated: July 6, 2009, 4:22 PM ET
Associated Press

ANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks added depth in the nets by signing free agent goalie Andrew Raycroft to a one-year deal on Monday worth $500,000.

Raycroft went 12-16-0 with a 3.14 goals-against average and an .892 save percentage in 31 games last season for the Colorado Avalanche. He will serve as the backup to Roberto Luongo.

In 230 career NHL games in eight seasons with Toronto, Boston and Colorado, Raycroft is 94-96-16, with six shutouts, a 2.90 GAA and .899 save percentage.

Vancouver lost backup goalie Jason LaBarbera last week when he signed a two-year, free-agent contract with the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Canucks also announced Monday that they re-signed defenseman Shane O'Brien to a one-year, $1.6-million contract.

O'Brien, a 25-year-old restricted free agent, had 10 assists in 77 games last season, his first with the Canucks after being acquired in a four-player trade with Tampa Bay in October.

O'Brien also had 196 penalty minutes last season, second in the NHL to Philadelphia forward Daniel Carcillo.


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