After re-signing captain Markus Naslund earlier this week, the Canucks locked up another key talent Friday when they came to terms with centre Brendan Morrison.

Morrison inked a three-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not announced. Morrison's rolled-back qualifying offer was $2.7-million US.

On Wednesday, the Canucks came to terms with Naslund, re-signing the Swedish sniper to a three-year, $18 million US deal.

Morrison, a 29-year-old native of Pitt Meadows, B.C., is an outstanding excellent skater and playmaker who does a lot of damage on the power play. A solid second-line centre, he's also noted for his durability, having played in 348 straight games.

"Brendan has grown as a player and proven himself to be one of the premier centres in the league during his tenure with the Canucks," Vancouver GM Dave Nonis said in a statement. "His consistent efforts to improve, provide leadership and his family's commitment to the community in which he was raised in is evident."

Drafted by the Devils in the second round (39th overall) in the 1993 draft, Morrison spent close to three seasons in New Jersey before being traded to Vancouver in 2000 for Alexander Mogilny.

In 471 regular season games, Morrison has 111 goals and 231 assists.

Prior to being drafted, Morrison played with the University of Michigan where he won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award in 1997 as the top U.S. collegiate player.

In other NHL moves on Friday:

  • The Calgary Flames sign defencemen Steve Marr, Brett Palin, winger Derek Couture and centre Warren Peters.
  • Chicago Blackhawks sign goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, centre Jim Dowd.
  • Colorado Avalanche sign forward Brad May.
  • Dallas Stars sign winger Junior Lessard and defenceman Mario Scalzo.
  • Edmonton Oilers re-sign goaltender Jussi Markkanen, defenceman Igor Ulanov.
  • Nashville Predators sign winger Paul Kariya.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning re-sign defenceman Nolan Pratt, sign forward Mitch Fritz, defencemen Timo Helbling, Brandon Elliott, Brady Grego.
  • Toronto Maple Leafs sign forward Jason Allison.
  • Washington Capitals sign winger Alexander Ovechkin.