Category Archives: Vancouver 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
With Vancouver trending towards a youth movement, and various veteran players rumored to be available, another long-time Canucks’ future with the team is in limbo.
The Canucks placed Chris Higgins on waivers last Tuesday. A day later, the former Yale forward cleared, with nobody interested in assuming the $2.5 million he’s due annually through 2017. Higgins is only 32 years old. The left wing scored 12 goals and 24 assists in 77 games for Vancouver last season. But Higgins is the odd man out as general manager Jim Benning tries to make his aging roster younger.
The Canucks probably haven’t done enough this year to get the most out of Vrbata. And if he’s not going to play with the Sedins, I’m not sure there should be much debate about his future in Van.
However, I can see how the Canucks would have pause with the trade deadline approaching. Scoring goals is so difficult for this group, do they really want to trade their second-leading goal scorer?
1) Matt Keator, agent for Chris Higgins, says VAN has granted him permission to talk to other teams. "We will work together on this."
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 10, 2016
Chris Higgins will be placed on waivers tomorrow. If no team claims him by noon Wednesday, he will report to Utica.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) January 12, 2016