The Vancouver Canucks didn’t move any of their top defensemen (sorry, Philip Holm) at the trade deadline, instead actually handing out an extension to Erik Gudbranson to keep him off the open market this summer. They’re now close to doing the same thing for one of their lesser-known commodities, as Rick Dhaliwal of News 1130 reports that the team is close to an extension with Alex Biega. Biega was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.

Originally selected by the Buffalo Sabres in 2006, Biega would play four years at Harvard before starting his professional career in the AHL. After a few years in the Buffalo system without a chance at the NHL, he became a Group VI free agent and signed with Vancouver. Now with 125 NHL games under his system, he’s become a solid part-time player for the Canucks capable of logging minutes on the bottom pairing.