By @StefanKubus –
The Detroit Red Wings announced a trade following their big home-opening win over the Dallas Stars.
The Wings sent forward David Pope to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for defenseman Alex Biega.
Biega, 31, has accumulated four goals and 36 points in 179 games since entering the league in the 2014-15 season. He has split time between Vancouver and AHL affiliate Utica Comets. Biega played college hockey at Harvard before joining the pro ranks, where he amassed 15 goals and 70 points in his four years there. He was originally a fifth-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres in 2006.
Pope, meanwhile, was a fourth-round pick of Detroit in 2013, played college hockey at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and split time between Grand Rapids and Toledo.
Biega took time on Instagram to thank the Canucks for his time there and also say he’s looking forward to joining the Wings:
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The last six seasons in the @canucks organization have been some of the most exciting years of my life. My family and I are lucky to have called Vancouver home for the last few years. Thank you for everything. I’m looking forward to this next opportunity with the @detroitredwings -Bulldog