In VHN’s humble opinion, these are the Vancouver Canucks most likely to be traded. It doesn’t necessarily include a fixed timetable, it’s just why certain scenarios could unfold.
JT Miller – As we pointed out over the weekend, Vancouver Canucks General Manager Patrik Allvin’s body language, facial expressions, and answers would indicate the club is in no rush to re-sign the 29-year-old centre at this point. Which means one of two things; they’re simply taking a wait-and-see approach to his performance next season, or they’re dealing him.
Could it be before/during the draft. Of course.
Tanner Pearson – As we mentioned during our ‘roll call’ review of Pearson’s past season, it was pretty vanilla. Another 29-year-old who plays a wing that’s getting pretty busy on the depth chart. Would they be OK with getting rid of his $3.250-million cap hit for the next two seasons as they shift to a younger line-up on the left-side. Sure.
Of course he has won a Stanley Cup championship, provides a hard working example, and the team doesn’t necessarily want to gut all of it’s leadership by example. He gets to provide a seven-team no-trade list for the 2022-’23 season.
((Vasily Podkolzin and recent acquisition Andrey Kuzmenko, although he’s righthanded, both play the left side. “Pods” can slide to the right.))
Tyler Myers – The chirping has picked up just today (Tuesday) regarding this player. It’s a dynamic situation. As of July 1st he submits a ten-team no-trade list. I’m sure the club would love to rid themselves of the $6-million cap hit, but the problem is … for what? The right side of the D-corps is already the most glaring weakness on the hockey team. Trading Myers only make it shallower.
As much as we love elements of Luke Schenn’s game, are we really going to expect the soon-to-be 33-year-old to minute munch playing alongside Quinn Hughes all season. Maybe we can. Myers, for all of his ‘quirks’ does minute munch on the penalty kill and at even strength.
Jason Dickinson – Tough adjustment year coming over from Dallas for a guy who works hard and has all of the best intentions, but when given the opportunity this past season couldn’t hit the broad-side of a barn offensively, and then unfortunately suffered injury problems.
He’s 27-years-old making $2.65-million for the next two seasons and he can play centre and …. wait for it … the left side.
Just a reminder, the Vancouver Canucks did not ice a right-handed centre last season. They need help on the right side of the ice from top to bottom …
Conor Garland – … especially considering how much Canucks Head Coach Bruce Boudreau enjoyed this right-shot playing the left side towards the end of the season. This is a tough one because Garland is only 26-years-old, is manically dedicated to the game, is as entertaining as hell to watch, and as we all know, he brings a combination of skill and annoyance.
The team lacks sandpaper, grit, whatever you want to call it, and basically their smallest forward is the one who brings it.
He does make $4.950-million per season. Not out of hand, but could be a factor as an add-in for the right deal.
Honourable Mention – American League goalie Michael DiPietro. With so many NHL teams lacking netminding depth, he could be a toss in on a deal, or part of something to bring back a more experience goaltender.
The Vancouver Canucks have many options; it’ll be fun to see if they surprise us over the next three days in Montreal.