On Saturday night, Canucks general manager Mike Gillis announced that the team had acquired right wing Zac Dalpe and centre Jeremy Welsh from the Carolina Hurricanes for Kellan Tochkin and a fourth round pick in the 2014 draft.
Dalpe spent most of last season with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers, recording 21 goals and 42 points in 54 games. With the Hurricanes, he managed one goal and three points in ten games. Welsh also spent the majority of the year in Charlotte, with 14 goals and 26 points in 69 games and recorded one assist in five games with the Hurricanes.
Tochkin was signed by the Canucks as a free agent in 2009 but never played a game for the Canucks. He spent last year with the Missouri Mavericks of the CHL and had 15 goals, 44 points, and 61 penalty minutes in 56 games.
This is not a splashy trade by any means as Dalpe and Welsh have only 47 career NHL games between them. They will provide a little extra depth, especially if Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk are returned to their junior teams.
TSN hockey guru Bob McKenzie predicted the newest Canucks’ fates shortly after the trade was announced.
Dalpe will get chance to play C in VAN. Had been W and C in CAR, lot of W. Natural C at OSU. Guessing Welsh is Utica bound.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 29, 2013
It’s tough to say if this trade will have an impact right now, but at least Canucks fans will be relieved to know that Welsh no longer has a cap hit close to $18 million.