Feb 23, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Marty Reasoner (16) on the bench during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Islanders beat the Sabres 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks Kicking the Tires on UFA Marty Reasoner

The Vancouver Canucks are kicking the tires on unrestricted free agent centre Marty Reasoner, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Reasoner, 36, spent the 2012-13 season with the New York Islanders. His contract was not renewed and he became a free agent on July 5.

There is reason why the Canucks might have interest in Reasoner.

The Canucks need a centre for their fourth line that has been near non-existent since Dale Weise and Jannik Hansen went down with injury.

The acquisition of Zac Dalpe hasn’t panned out. There were hopes he would be able to play more than five minutes a night in a fourth line role.

Jeremy Welsh has been good, but hasn’t shown the ability to handle more ice time against top players in the league.

Reasoner will bring faceoff ability and a veteran presence on the fourth line.

Trade rumours have linked Reasoner to Vancouver as far back as 2011 when he was a member of the Florida Panthers.

If the Canucks do have interest in signing Reasoner, they will probably want him to sign a professional tryout with the Utica Comets first before offering him a NHL contract.

He hasn’t played since April 2013 and has shown signs of decline in recent years. Reasoner’s been considering retirement as well.

They will want to make sure he can play and his heart is in it before they use up their final spot on their 50-man reserve list on a 36-year old depth player.


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