Category Archives: Vancouver Canucks
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.
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, 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.
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.
Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan has shown he is not afraid to pull the trigger on a big trade (Troy Brouwer, Pheonix Copley and a pick for T.J. Oshie) and I could see him going hard after Vancouver Canucks pending free agent Dan Hamhuis, who spent the first six years of his NHL career under Barry Trotz in Nashville. Now 33, Hamhuis is recovering from facial fractures suffered on a Dan Boyle shot he took to the jaw back in December.
I think Vancouver plans to be a player July 1 with up to $15 million coming off the books. Pending UFA winger Loui Eriksson, for one, would look great playing alongside the Sedin twins next season. But whether it’s him or other high-profile UFAs, I think Canucks GM Jim Benning will go fishing this summer while he continues to rebuild the foundation.
“So if he goes to market, and he’s not on the market yet, look at Florida. Don’t forget Jim Benning, formerly of the Boston Bruins, who’s in Vancouver. He’d have some interest.
“Most believe that the Jets are focused on Dustin Byfuglien – but there’s still a chance they can sign both.”
On what sort of interest there would be in Dan Hamhuis, if he were shopped by the Vancouver Canucks:
“Well, I think people are going to want to make sure that he’s able to come back from this injury without any adverse effects. It was really traumatic. He chronicled the physical damage, and just basically how a lot of the facial bones were shattered, and still dealing with numbness and some issues there.
Prust is represented by Claude Lemieux's agency. Lemieux tells me he has talked to Jim Benning, but has not requested a trade. #Canucks
— Brad Ziemer (@BradZiemer) January 26, 2016
— TSN Radio Vancouver (@TSN1040) January 21, 2016
If James Reimer will really get the Leafs a first-round pick at the deadline, as some suggest, what would Miller be worth? Again, the mind wanders.
On if Lucic would want to go to Vancouver, given the stage at which the Canucks are now:
“It’s hard to say. That’s the old deciding… at what cost do you want to play in your hometown. And again, where does he fit for Vancouver. They’d have to see how it works for them. But because he’s a hometown guy, who in the past has sort of wondered aloud what it would be like to play in his hometown, you at least throw it on the table as a consideration. I mean, hey listen – you’re an unrestricted free agent. If you get to that, the world is your oyster. You get to go anywhere you want, who wants you.
Benning says he's taking daily calls on trade possibilities & acknowledges he's among the most active GMs in making calls. #CanucksOn1040
— Matthew Sekeres (@mattsekeres) January 18, 2016