Category Archives: Vancouver Canucks

Canucks have to sell

As the TSN insider reported, the Canucks are open for business. They haven’t been this open for business since Mike Keenan got his hands on the controls and made 11 trades in three months in 1998 and dealt away just about everyone except Mark Messier.

In the middle of a rebuild, with his team eight points out, Benning has to sell.

Blackhawks interested in Hamhuis, Vrbata

What are the chances the Blackhawks can make a deal with the Canucks for Dan Hamhuis and Radim Vrbata?

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/video/insider-trading-blackhawks-interested-in-hamhuis-vrbata~816527

Dan Hamhuis’s trade status is a riddle he’s not yet solved

The Canucks would love an Antoine Vermette scenario. The centre was dealt by Arizona to Chicago a day before the 2015 trade deadline for a first-round pick and defenceman Klas Dahlbeck. The 33-year-old Vermette won a Stanley Cup and then re-signed with the Coyotes for two years at $3.75 million annually. He didn’t get a pay hike, but he got a no-movement clause.

http://www.theprovince.com/sports/kuzma+hamhuis+trade+status+riddle+solved/11741818/story.html

Are the Canucks looking at Drouin?

Bob McKenzie was on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 on Tuesday morning.

On if the Canucks are talking with Tampa Bay about Jonathan Drouin:

“I think just about everybody is talking to Tampa. When I say everybody, I would say anywhere from 10-15 teams have pretty significant interest in this player, and I would lump the Canucks in that group of 10, 12, 15 teams.

Kuzma: Hansen, with 19 goals, on trade radar

Hansen has earned some attention.

He would suit a number of Stanley Cup contenders, who usually shop the rental aisle at the trade deadline instead of searching for better long-term and affordable fits. Spit-balling doesn’t cost a nickel, so here’s one scenario for the Chicago Blackhawks to at least consider. They are linked to every available winger but would have to probably part with a first-round pick and/or a prized prospect to land the likes of an Andrew Ladd. And then, of course, they lose him lucrative free agency on July 1.

RUMOURS DU JOUR

The Habs have been shopping UFA forwards Dale Weise and Thomas Fleischmann along with defenceman Tom Gilbert.

Burrows denies report he’s willing to waive no-trade clause

With the Feb. 29 trade deadline nearing, and the franchise in a retool-on-the-fly mode, the fact Burrows is 34 and has a year left on his contract at a $4.5-million US salary-cap hit made the Saturday report by Hockey Night in Canada insider Elliotte Friedman thought-provoking.

In an NHL market flooded with forwards, it’s tough to tell who will move before deadline

The Canucks will get calls on defenceman Dan Hamhuis now that he’s back from his facial injury. He’d be a nice fit for a team looking to get somebody solid to help them go deep into the playoffs. He’s suggested he wants to stay with the Canucks but is going to have to take a pay cut if that’s going to happen. GM Jim Benning has indicated his roster is about to get younger.

http://www.ottawasun.com/2016/02/13/in-an-nhl-market-flooded-with-forwards-its-tough-to-tell-who-will-move-before-deadline

Vrbata good as gone?

Contending teams looking to pick up some scoring potential (we see you, Nashville and Minnesota) will no doubt be kicking tires on Vancouver Canucks winger Radim Vrbata, whose contract expires this summer.

A 30-goal man last season, the veteran’s production has dipped (11 goals and 11 assists through 50 games) and coach Willie Desjardins hopes new linemates (Derek Dorsett and Brandon Sutter) can get him going. He’s scored just one goal in his past 17 outings, and the consensus is he’d fetch no more than a second-round pick if/when he’s shopped.

GM Jim Benning maintains that the playoffs are still the priority this season, but let’s be real; the Canucks sit five points behind Anaheim for the final spot in the Pacific, and the Ducks have a game in hand. Plus, Vancouver will have to leapfrog Arizona as well.
http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/nhl-trade-rumours-roundup-radim-vrbata-vancouver-canucks-andrew-ladd-keith-yandle-lucic-dion-phaneuf-maple-leafs/

The most appealing defenders available at the deadline are likely to be Keith Yandle and Dan Hamhuis

And with Byfuglien off the market, the most appealing defenders available at the deadline are likely to be Keith Yandle and Dan Hamhuis.

Vrbata knows he’s trade material, tries to focus on scoring for Canucks

Vrbata, 34, and Dan Hamhuis, 33, are prime UFA assets and a team in contention would covet a quick-shot winger to augment its offence, while the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins are among many seeking a proven top-four defenceman. And with the level of desperation heightened at the deadline, the Canucks would do backflips if Vrbata could command a high draft pick or prospect.

Hamhuis a fit in Washington?

Chuck Gormley of CSN Mid-Atlantic thinks the Capitals are in the market for a defenceman and that Vancouver Canucks rear guard Dan Hamhuis would be a good fit.

He mentions that Hamhuis is in the final year of his deal and would cost the Capitals a pro-rated $700 thousand against the cap for the remainder of the season.

Gormley wonders if the Capitals would part with their first round pick in the deal and if that would be enough of a return for the Canucks.

http://www.tsn.ca/trade-talk-hamhuis-a-fit-in-washington-1.434296