There’s plenty of buzz involving the Vancouver Canucks a day before the draft. Here are the latest trade and free agency rumours surrounding the team.
Vancouver Canucks fans can’t wait long enough to see who the next young franchise cornerstone will be, as they anxiously await to see who will be selected with the No. 10 pick.
It’s natural to believe that general manager Jim Benning will want to pull off a big splash for the Vancouver faithful at Rogers Arena tomorrow night. And according to recent rumours and reports, Benning is indeed keeping busy at trying to swing a major deal or two.
Citing a source, to J.D. Burke reported that Vancouver is looking to move up from the No. 10 spot, although he added nothing is currently “imminent.”
Moving up in the draft would come at a fairly high price, but if other teams are confident that the players they want will be available later, Benning should be able to make something happen. It’s unknown if there’s a specific player or two he’s targeting. But if there’s someone the Canucks have their eyes on, and they fear he won’t be available at 10, then it makes sense to move up. Stay tuned.
Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic (subscription required), believes the Canucks are “aiming higher” for a right-handed defenceman. He suggested pending UFA Tyler Myers, and LeBrun also wonders if the Canucks would make a trade offer for Colorado Avalanche blueliner Tyson Barrie.
The 27-year-old Barrie is entering the final year of his contract, and one team executive told LeBrun the Avalanche are listening to trade offers for Barrrie. The 5-foot-10 rearguard had 59 points for Colorado this season.
Speaking of blueliners, Chris Tanev is entering the final year of his contract. Matt Sekeres of TSN 1040 reported Wednesday that the Canucks are “shopping” the 29-year-old blueliner. Tanev is in the final year of his contract, which carries a $4.45 million cap hit, per CapFriendly.
All in all, it looks to be a very busy 48 hours ahead for Benning and the Canucks. He’s going to try and trade up, all while repairing a defence that desperately needs a right-handed top four blueliner.