Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis says his team is not interested in acquiring a rental player or giving up one of their top prospects in a trade.
“We don’t like doing that [getting a rental player],” he told the TEAM 1040 on Thursday. “We’ve done it in the past, it hasn’t worked.
“We like players we think we can sign and keep that are going to be a long-term solution, not a short-term solution. Fitting those guys into your team in a meaningful way with three or four weeks left in the season is really difficult to do.”
“If we can address a need, we’ll definitely do it. But if it’s not there, it’s not there,” he added. “We’re not giving away some of our young prospects that we have in a deal.”
“We gave up a lot to get a guy like Bo Horvat. We’re not giving him up. I think he’s going to play in this league for ten-to-15 years without a problem and be a very good player.”
The NHL’s trade deadline is March 5, a week after the Olympic break, at 12 p.m. Pacific time.