Vancouver Canucks acquire defenceman Bear, forward Pederson from Carolina Hurricanes

The struggling Vancouver Canucks bolstered their lineup on Friday with the acquisition of defenceman Ethan Bear and forward Lane Pederson from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick.

Bear, 25, earned 14 points in 58 games with the Hurricanes last season but has yet to appear in an NHL game this season.

The six-foot, 200-pound blue-liner from Regina has registered 47 points (13 goals and 34 assists) in 190 career NHL games with Carolina and Edmonton.

"We're pleased to have added an established defenceman to our blue line," Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said in a statement. "It gives the coaching staff another option with his right shot, his ability to move pucks, and his ability to get the puck out of our own end quick.

"(Bear's) transition game has been something that I've watched over the years that I like."

As part of the deal, Carolina will retain $400,000 of Bear's $2.2 million contact, which is due to expire at the end of this season.

Pederson, 25, skated in four games with the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves this season.

The Saskatoon native, who has spent the majority of his pro career in the AHL, has posted five points in 44 career NHL games with Arizona and San Jose.

The Hurricanes receive Vancouver's fifth-round draft choice in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 28, 2022.

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