The Vancouver Canucks’ hiring of Jim Rutherford earlier in the season prompted some observers to suggest he would not waste time making changes to the roster. This speculation increased with last week’s hiring of Patrik Allvin as GM amid talk that the Canucks could shop a forward or two before the March 21 trade deadline.
JT Miller has been a frequent source of conjecture, but Rutherford and Allvin seem willing to accept offers for others. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman believes they have a number of strikers they are willing to discuss with other clubs, suggesting Conor Garland could be among them.
Garland was acquired in last summer’s blockbuster trade with the Arizona Coyotes by former GM Jim Benning and signed a five-year contract to an annual average value of $ 4.95 million. Cap Friendly indicates that the 25-year-old winger lacks protection without a prey.
Friedman indicated that trade rumors linked clubs such as the Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames, New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils to the Canucks. The county’s Patrick Johnston suggested Devil’s defenders Ty Smith or Damon Severson could be interesting. Smith, 21, has had a hard time this season, but the Devils sophomore is on an affordable entry-level contract.
Friedman said it does not sound like Elias Pettersson or Bo Horvat are part of this, but did not mention Brock Boeser. On Thursday, his colleague Iain MacIntyre noted that the Canucks would owe the 24-year-old winger a qualifying offer of $ 7.5 million after this season. If they are not familiar with that number, MacIntyre wondered if they would consider swapping him.
These reports do not mean that the Canucks intend to arrange a brand sale before the March 21 trading deadline. Nevertheless, one of their remarkable wingers could be moved if they are out of the playoff chase at the time.