The Vancouver Canucks have re-signed defenseman Jalen Chatfield to a one-year, two-way contract for the 2020-21 season. Chatfield was a restricted free agent that was eligible for arbitration but had decided not to file. PuckPedia reports that the deal is worth $700K at the NHL level and $125K in the minor leagues.
Chatfield, 24, was an undrafted free agent signing by the Canucks in 2017 and has spent the last three seasons in the minor leagues with the Utica Comets. He’s been recalled a few times to the NHL but hasn’t actually gotten into a game yet with Vancouver, something that he’s obviously hoping to change this year. The former Windsor Spitfires defenseman has shown basically no offensive ability at the professional level, recording just 18 points in his AHL career, but could still be an injury replacement or taxi squad member this season.
As we discussed earlier today, there remains a group of restricted free agents that aren’t expected to draw huge contracts but still aren’t signed for whatever reason. Like Chatfield, who now at least knows he will be employed in the 2020-21 season, many of those unsigned players can’t know for sure where they will be playing given the uncertainty surrounding the AHL campaign. Several of these short-term two-way deals will likely be signed over the next few weeks, even perhaps for players who have more experience and success than the Canucks defenseman.