Jovo a Coyote, Sedins return

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

Jovo is a go-go to the desert. Baumer is a Flyer. Carney has gone Wild. The Twins are back for a trio. A British Columbian has been repatriated.

That's the sum of Canucks' player moves after the first weekend of free agent season.

Canucks lost top blueliner Ed Jovanovski to the Phoenix Coyotes, where he signed a five-year, $32.5 million contract. "Jovo-cop" was rumoured to be considering the Florida Panthers because he lives in the Sunshine State during off-season.

Foot, groin and abdominal injuries marred the 30-year-old's 2005-2006 season. He played 44 games and missed the Torino Winter Olympics.

defenceman Nolan Baumgartner landed with the Philadelphia Flyers for four years and $2.4 million after five goals and 29 assists in 70 games last season.

Another blueliner, Keith Carney, signed with the Minnesota Wild.

Canucks General manager Dave Nonis also signed Daniel and Henrik Sedin to identical three-year deals last Friday worth almost $3.6 million each.

There is still no word on whether Nonis will re-sign their free agent linemate Anson Carter, who scored 33 goals and added 22 assists last season.

"I would really love to play with him next year too, but it's not up to us," said Henrik Sedin.

"We can't really do anything about it."

Nonis celebrated Canada Day by signing defenceman Willie Mitchell to a four-year deal worth a reported $14 million.

The 29-year-old had two goals and eight assists for the Dallas Stars and Wild last season.

The six-year veteran from Port McNeill was originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils in 1996's eighth round.


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