After selling Bo Horvat to the New York Islanders on Monday, the Vancouver Canucks will focus on shipping some of their other pieces. Leading this group are Luke Schenn and Conor Garland. Schenn gets a lot of attention from playoff teams, while Garland could help out a contender and provide secondary points. Additionally, the team has other players who might be on the way out.
Several teams are interested in adding Schenn. He is a free agent in his own right and would help any cup contender with his physical game. It has a cap of $850,000, which is perfect for teams that are short on space. The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun says the Canucks have a dilemma since Schenn is a leader in the locker room and now that Horvat is gone he’s someone to fill that void (from ‘LeBrun: Why the Canucks acted early on a Exchange Bo Horvat, and Are More Blockbusters Coming?,’ the athlete February 1, 2023).
Luke Schenn, Vancouver Canucks (Amy Irvin/The Hockey Writers)
“For me, assess the ROI before you make that call,” LeBrun said. “If it’s high enough, I think you’ll trade it. But if the teams make mediocre offers until the end, maybe it’s better to keep him for a short overtime.
LeBrun mentioned the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning as teams interested in trading for Schenn. Both teams could offer the Canucks their third- or fourth-round picks in 2023. The Canucks should expect a decent draft pick in exchange for their physical defenseman if they decide to trade him.
The Canucks would rather move Garland, who has four years left on his $4.95 million cap contract. Additionally, playoff teams that need a center six should act for him as the deadline approaches. The Canucks will likely keep some of his salary or get the money back in a trade.
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Garland has scored 28 goals and 76 points in 125 games since joining the Canucks in the 2021-22 season. It would provide any contestant with a secondary score. Although the Canucks can expect a second-round pick in exchange for Garland, getting him will be difficult because most teams aren’t interested in adding him. If they can’t trade him, it wouldn’t be surprising if the organization decides to buy out his contract.
Other parts: Boeser, Demko & Myers
The Canucks also have several plays they can trade. Brock Boeser is one of the biggest names the club are trying to move. The striker has attracted a lot of interest but it’s difficult to trade him due to his capping move. The Minnesota Wild are tied to Boeser, but his $6.650 million cap makes it difficult to get a deal. The Wild have a tight cap situation for the next two seasons thanks to the buyouts of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. However, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger, other teams have shown huge interest in the striker.
Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks (Amy Irvin/The Hockey Writers)
“They still have huge interest in Brock Boeser as an example, but the clubs need to know whether or not the Canucks are willing to keep the salary because he still has a term on his contract and I’m sure the Canucks are saying : Well, that’s fine, but make your best offer and we’ll decide if it’s fair or not. There’s no guarantee that Boeser will move before the deadline.
Another name that has recently appeared in trade rumors is Thatcher Demko. Rick Dhaliwal signaled the goalkeeper generates interest and mentions the Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings as potential trade partners. Demko has a great contract after this season with three years remaining and a cap of $5 million. TSN’s Farhan Lalji explained on The Athletic’s The Vancast that he had heard Demko was unhappy with the market, testing and organization. However, the guard did not ask for a trade, and similar to a gift exchange, the Canucks hold all the cards whether they move it or not.
Tyler Myers is another player of interest to the Canucks. He has one season left on his contract with a $6 million cap and a modified no-trade clause. Dreger also signaled that there may be outside interest in Myers.
“He wants to stay in Vancouver, but he thinks there will be outside interest and thinks a more structured NHL team – a playoff team – might actually help refresh Tyler Myers. So it’s not the first time we’ve speculated on Meyers, but it’s said to be hot.
Myers will be a buyout candidate this offseason if the Canucks can’t trade him by the trade deadline.
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The Horvat trade allowed the Canucks to acquire 25-year-old Anthony Beauvillier, a prospect in Aatu Raty and a protected 2023 first-round pick. Their performance indicates what they’re willing to take back on a deal. Schenn will likely bring a mid-round pick back to Vancouver. Meanwhile, Garland’s return will be interesting because the Canucks need some form of cashback. As for Boeser, teams are showing interest in adding him, but it’s all about whether they can make the money work and whether the return is worth it for him. Meanwhile, a trade with Demko seems unlikely but possible if he asks for a trade or if the organization gets a massive return for him. Eventually, the club are hoping to trade Myers in an attempt to free themselves from their capping move.
Sartaaj has been watching hockey for over 15 years and reports on the Vancouver Canucks for The Hockey Writers.
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