The Canuck Way Mailbag: Podkolzin, Sutter’s deal, 2021 offseason, more

EDMONTON, AB - JANUARY 04: Vasili Podkolzin #19 of Russia skates against Canada during the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship semifinals at Rogers Place on January 4, 2021 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
EDMONTON, AB - JANUARY 04: Vasili Podkolzin #19 of Russia skates against Canada during the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship semifinals at Rogers Place on January 4, 2021 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images) /
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Elias Pettersson of the Vancouver Canucks. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
Elias Pettersson of the Vancouver Canucks. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /

More Mailbag Q&A

Here’s one thing I’m not going to touch with this: Politics. My opinions on Francesco Aquilini are entirely political. I’m not going to get into his apparent hesitation to spend money, because that’s not what this platform is for.

So, Aquilini aside…

There should be four main goals for Vancouver in the offseason, and they are named Pettersson, Hughes, Travis Green, and Ian Clark. Those four have been essential pieces to any relative success the Canucks have had since the beginning of the 2019-20 season, and the four will be important to any success the Canucks hope to have moving forward. Get those four signed, and get them signed ASAP. The rest can wait.

They might as well, yes.

To my knowledge, no. Last week, Benning said that the Canucks had “no timeline” regarding a Pettersson return, and that was after an appointment with a specialist.

Truth is, I don’t know, but hopefully, Pettersson can return to help the Canucks with a playoff push.

Yes, I think Edler is a Canuck next year. One year, $2 million. He can play with either Juolevi or Rathbone, providing stability for the youngsters.

Honestly, I see Edler retiring as a Vancouver Canuck. He has been a staple on the back-end for more than a decade and a half. He would have to take a major, major pay decrease – Edler is not worth any more than $2.5 million. His offensive production has completely dried up, and his defence is not what it used to be.

With that being said, he still has more to offer and contribute, and a one-year deal is low-risk, low-reward. I’d rather have him back than Hamonic, and I’d rather see him at $2 million than Tryamkin at above three.

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That’s it for this week’s The Canuck Way Mailbag. If you want your questions answered, get them in next week. Ask a question when we drop the Tweet every Friday.