Canucks sign Green

ADAM WAZNY -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:07 PM ET

Josh Green re-signed with the Vancouver Canucks organization yesterday.

Where he'll play -- with either the parent Canucks or the Manitoba Moose -- is still in doubt.

The seven-year veteran winger inked a one-year, two-way contract with the organization he played for last season, spending all his time down on the Manitoba farm because of the NHL lockout.

The deal is worth $500,000 on the NHL side and Green agrees with the premise that several members of the 2004-05 Moose club (Ryan Kesler, Jason King, Lee Goren) will be battling for jobs with the Canucks next month.

Will his experience or his versatility push Green ahead of the others?

"Hopefully both," he said from his home in Edmonton yesterday. "The Moose played me at centre last year and it seemed to work out. That might be a factor. I know there are a lot of younger guys on one-way deals so the competition for a spot will be pretty heated."

A veteran of 232 NHL contests, the 27-year-old played in 67 games with the Moose last season, potting 21 goals and 40 points and was the leading scorer for the team in the post season (nine goals and 14 points).

BEST CHOICE

While he did look around for another deal this summer, Green said coming back to the Vancouver-Manitoba union was the best choice for him.

After all, he had a blast in Winnipeg last winter and wouldn't mind it one bit if he had to come back to the American Hockey League city.

"It was great," he said. "I was looking around for a one-way deal but when that didn't happen then I started to factor in other options. Obviously Vancouver would be the No. 1 preference, but Winnipeg was very good to me and the whole Canucks organization was something that I was familiar with, so I looked at that.

"I didn't want to be playing in Hartford or someplace like that."

The Moose also announced the signing of forward Jeff Smith yesterday.

Smith, 24, saw time with Philadelphia Phantoms last season, scoring five points in 41 games with the Calder Cup victors. He also played in 17 games for the ECHL-champion Trenton Titans.

The Regina-native has a history of being a winner: In 2001 he was a member of the Memorial Cup-champion Red Deer Rebels.


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