04/02/2013 06:59 EDT | Updated 06/02/2013 05:12 EDT

Canucks ink Chris Higgins to 4-year extension

The Vancouver Canucks locked up forward Chris Higgins to a four-year, $10 million US contract extension on Tuesday, carrying an annual cap hit of $2.5 million.

The team announced the signing in a press release.

Higgins, 29, has nine goals and five assists in 35 games with Vancouver this season and has 132 goals and 121 helpers in 517 career contests with the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers and Canucks.

The Smithtown, N.Y. native was originally chosen 14th overall in the 2002 NHL draft by the Canadiens.

It was the second major transaction by the Canucks of the day, as earlier they addressed their needs at centre by acquiring forward Derek Roy from the Dallas Stars in exchange for prospect Kevin Connauton and a second-round pick.