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It’s draft day, which means a potentially major news day and certainly a big rumor day. Canucks Army’s Thomas Drance is on the frontlines at the draft but a few others will be checking in with any news updates as the day moves along.
The big rumors this morning are carry-overs from last night. Namely, there are indications that the Canucks are feeling out a potential Cory Schneider move instead of a Roberto Luongo deal (a move which makes sense in basic economics terms, since you’d maximize your total assets that way, but it’s one that might not be plausible). There are also the somewhat newer rumblings that defenceman Alex Edler could be on the move.
More updates after the jump.
Edler, of course, has been a power play stud for the Canucks for a handful of years now. He’s consistently finished in the top-30 in power play goals, points and minutes, but his occasional defensive lapses, his $5M cap hit for the next six years and the relative depth the Canucks have on the back end have created a reasonable narrative to moving Edler.
As Ben Kuzma points out on Twitter, there’s another small incentive for the Canucks to move Edler this week if they plan to move him at all over the next six years:
— Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) June 30, 2013
That’s something Bob McKenzie refered to as "Getting Carter’d," bringing
John Travolta to mind, which is never cool Sylvester Stallone to mind, which is awesome.
While FA is July 5, NTCs on negotiated extensions still kick in July 1. So any Edler trade gets more complicated after today.
— Iain MacIntyre (@imacVanSun) June 30, 2013
The reasoning to shop Edler makes sense given the current cap and roster construction. However, Edler is a valuable asset, and he’s not the likeliest player to move just for the sake of making a move given his on-ice value. Dreger confirms that the Canucks aren’t just going to give him away for cap relief:
Edler’s availability has a number of teams intrigued. Understandably, asking price is said to be high.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 30, 2013
A few different people on Twitter have suggested the New York Rangers as a possible destination due to Alain Vigneault’s presence behind the bench. I’m not sure what the Rangers would send back in such a scenario, though the Canucks could use additional forward depth.
Skeptical about the chances of such a move? Bobby Mac is not, which tells me there’s something to the rumblings (although really, on a day like today everyone is being discussed, I’m sure):
Will VAN’s Alex Edler get "Jeff Carter-ed"? (Traded right before his NTC kicks in). I’d say there’s a decent chance Edler gets "Carter-ed."
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 30, 2013
As far as the goalie situation goes, there’s nothing new on that front yet this morning. Drance broke down the initial report earlier this weekend and then followed up on whether or not a deal would solve the Luongo situation. He added a few more details and thoughts here, and those three pieces should bring you up to speed.
In short, the Canucks are doing their due diligence on all fronts. It’s certainly encouraging that they’re at least open to looking at new directions if it makes the team better.
As the day moves along, check back to Canucks Army for updates. It’s also worth following Drance who will probably be active on the Twitter machine throughout the day.