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Vancouver Canucks sign Rick Rypien to a two-year contract extension

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Vancouver Canucks signed forward Rick Rypien to a two-year NHL contract extension through the 2010-11 season, general manager Mike Gillis said Wednesday.

Rypien, 25, has played five seasons with Vancouver. Last year, the five-foot-11, 170-pound native of Coleman, Alta., appeared in 12 games, registering three goals and 19 penalty minutes. He had two assists and 40 penalty minutes in 10 playoff contests.

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“Rick plays with intensity and energy every time he steps on the ice,” Gillis said in a release.

In 41 career games as a Canuck, Rypien has five goals, two assists and 69 penalty minutes.

Rypien signed with Vancouver as a free agent Nov. 9, 2005.