VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The Vancouver Canucks signed free agent Mats Sundin yesterday.

"I am truly excited to be joining the Canucks," the 37-year-old center said. "Once I made the decision to return to play a few weeks ago, the Vancouver opportunity was simply the best overall fit."

Sundin, who had 555 goals and 766 assists in 17 seasons with the Quebec Nordiques and Toronto Maple Leafs, became an unrestricted free agent after last season and was courted by a half-dozen teams. In the last week, the choice had come down to the Canucks or the New York Rangers.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Canucks had offered a two-year, $20 million deal, but Sundin had repeatedly stated that he was looking for only a one-year contract.

"We are very excited to have Mats join the Vancouver Canucks," general manager Mike Gillis said. "Mats has proven that he can excel under pressure."

Injury report.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Eric Brewer will undergo surgery for a herniated disk in his back and will be sidelined indefinitely. . . . Also out indefinitely is Dallas Stars defenseman Sergei Zubov, who will undergo hip surgery next month.