Murray’s agent Anton Thun says he has been speaking with the Canucks throughout the offseason.
“We’ve talked to them off and on all summer,” he told The Province. “At this point we’re not close to signing. There are a group of clubs that have interest, so it comes down to the right circumstances and the right dollars.”
Canucks assistant general manager Laurence Gilman confirmed the Canucks interest.
“We are looking to add another NHL calibre defenceman to our group and have had discussions with numerous agents regarding various players currently available in the market,” Gilman said in a text message to The Province.
The Canucks currently have five defenceman: Dan Hamhuis, Alexander Edler, Jason Garrison, Kevin Bieksa, and Yannick Weber signed to one-way contracts. Chris Tanev is currently a restricted free agent and is expected to be re-signed prior to the start of the season to bring the total number of defencemen to six.
If you factor in rookie defenceman Frank Corrado, the Canucks are still short one defencemen from the usual eight they have carried on the roster.