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Canucks sign Mancari, Baumgartner

The Vancouver Canucks, parent club of the AHL’s Chicago Wolves, announced Saturday that they have signed forward Mark Mancari and defenseman Nolan Baumgartner.

Named a First Team AHL All-Star at right wing in 2010-11, Mancari set a career high with 32 goals and finished with 64 points and a plus-19 rating in just 56 games with Portland last season, helping the Pirates capture the Atlantic Division title. Mancari also appeared in 20 NHL games with Buffalo last season, notching one goal and seven assists.

Mancari spent his first six professional seasons in the Sabres organization – primarily with their affiliates in Rochester (2005-08) and Portland (2008-11) – and led his team in scoring each of the last four years. In 418 career AHL games, Mancari has totaled 151 goals and 209 assists for 360 points. He participated in the AHL All-Star Classic in 2008 and 2009, and owns the record for the Hardest Shot event in the Skills Competition (102.8 mph).

A 2004 draft pick by Buffalo, Mancari has played 36 career NHL contests for the Sabres, recording three goals and 10 assists.

Baumgartner, a first-round draft pick by Washington in 1994 who will enter his 15th professional season in 2011-12, recorded four goals and 25 assists in 66 games for Manitoba (AHL) last season.

In 818 career AHL games with Manitoba, Iowa, Philadelphia, Norfolk and Portland, Baumgartner has tallied 81 goals and 287 assists for 368 points. He has appeared in three AHL All-Star Classics (2005, 2007 and 2010) in his career.

Baumgartner also has appeared in 143 NHL games with Vancouver, Dallas, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Washington, putting up seven goals and 40 assists.