#1: Tanner Pearson
Tanner Pearson signed a three-year extension worth 3.25 million in April of 2021. Many Canucks fans did not like that at all.
Pearson may not be a 20-goal scorer but he proved to be effective in other ways last season. He displayed good forechecking ability all season and was good at winning the puck battles. Pearson also was fourth on the Canucks who played at least 500 minutes last season in Corsi For percentage, second in scoring chances for percentage and third in high danger Corsi for percentage at 5 on 5 according to NaturalStatTrick.
The 29-year-old has some value on the trade market. The contract may not be great but some teams could like what Pearson does in a top-nine role.
Rutherford isn’t a fan of Pearson as he did trade him away when he was in Pittsburgh.
If Pearson is getting traded, don’t expect a spectacular return. It will probably be for a couple of mid to late round picks.
#2: Jason Dickinson
Jason Dickinson has been a disappointment in Vancouver.
The Canucks traded a third round pick to get him last summer. They did that hoping Dickinson would be a responsible defensive centre on the third line and the penalty kill. It’s safe to say he has not been that at all. Dickinson has been a defensive liability and has been very poor in the faceoff circle.
Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff put both Dickinson and Pearson at 18 on his latest trade targets list.
Pearson may have some value but Dickinson has less. He also has two years left on his contract at 2.6 million dollars per season. At this point, the Canucks might as well take anything for Dickinson.