He reiterated the Canucks will not be interested in making a trade for a rental player and any trade they make will be for a young player.
I can tell you this – they will not be in on the rental market and I think there have been some decisions made in Vancouver over the past week, which is this: We’re not good enough to go out and beat a Chicago or St. Louis or some of the powerhouse teams in the West. We’re not giving up on the season, but if we make a trade, it’s for a young player. It’s time to retool and reset in Vancouver after all these years of contending. It’s all about youth and other than the Sedin twins, I think all bets are off for almost any other player on that roster. Alexander Edler on defence will get a lot of interest probably after the Olympics. Interesting times ahead, in my opinion, in Vancouver.
Retooling does not mean rebuild. Think what the San Jose Sharks did last year by dealing older, slower-skating Douglas Murray, Ryane Clowe, and Michal Handzus last season in an attempt to make themselves a faster and fleeter skating team.
It’s hard to imagine the Canucks will be trading Edler or any of their defencemen any time soon with the injury situation. Edler, Kevin Bieksa, Dan Hamhuis, and Jason Garrison all have no-trade clauses that they’d probably be more willing to waive in the offseason.