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Lightning’s Luke Schenn signs with Canucks

The defenseman’s journey with Tampa Bay has ended after two Stanley Cup-winning seasons.
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Luke Schenn (2) after his shot was deflected into the goal by right wing Mathieu Joseph (7) beatng Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (90) during third period action at Amalie Arena, on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 in Tampa.
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Luke Schenn (2) after his shot was deflected into the goal by right wing Mathieu Joseph (7) beatng Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (90) during third period action at Amalie Arena, on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 in Tampa. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jul. 28
Updated Jul. 29

TAMPA — Lightning defenseman Luke Schenn appears to have found a bigger role on another roster.

Schenn, 31, has signed with the Canucks as a free agent, Vancouver general manager Jim Benning announced Wednesday, ending Schenn’s two-year tenure with the Lightning.

Schenn agreed to a two-year deal with an average annual value of $850,000, Benning said.

During his time with the Lightning, Schenn added to the team’s defense depth, often stepping in at a moment’s notice even on the biggest of stages.

The two-time Stanley Cup champion played in 38 games this past season, with goal goals and two assists. He also scored against the Islanders in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup semifinal series.

Schenn, a 13-year NHL veteran, didn’t draw a lot of attention on the ice, but he was reliable and no one could ever question his work ethic.

“No one’s going to babysit you to make sure that you’re ready to go,” Schenn said in late March after filling in for an injured Erik Cernak. ”It’s on you as a pro to be ready.”

Contact Mari Faiello at mfaiello@tampabay.com. Follow @faiello_mari.

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