By Nick Curcuru
---- — Essex native Benn Ferriero grew up rooting for the Bruins, and now he is going to be playing for one of their most bitter rivals.
On Thursday the 26 year old Ferriero signed a two-way deal with the Vancouver Canucks just two weeks after being traded from the New York Rangers organization to the Minnesota Wild organization. After being traded from New York to Minnesota on June 30, the Wild declined to offer Ferriero a qualifying offer making him an unrestricted free agent.
Ferriero re-unites with former Rangers head coach John Tortorella, who praised Ferriero’s play last season during his time with the Rangers.
The Essex native, who won a National Championship in 2008 at Boston College, will be entering his fifth season as a pro this fall. Over the last four years Ferriero has played in 96 NHL games with the San Jose Sharks and Rangers scoring 14 goals and compiling nine assists. He scored 30 points in 54 games in the AHL playing for the Wilkes-Barre Penguins and the Connecticut Whale.
Ferriero has been traded twice over the past year as he was also sent from Pittsburgh to New York early in the 2013 season.
Ferriero is expected to battle for fourth line ice time on the deep Canucks during training camp.