The Vancouver Canucks enter free agency with no shortage of cap space and holes to fill on their roster, so it’s no surprise that they’re expected to be one of the more active teams therein. Before they can steal other teams top talents, they’ll have to decide what to do with their own. Namely, Dan Hamhuis.
After that is when things get interesting. Radim Vrbata is all but a certainty to leave for greener pastures. That leaves an opening on the wing and no shortage of options on the free market to plug it with. Milan Lucic, local hero and bully of a left winger if there ever was one, is the most mentioned of the lot. Loui Eriksson and Kyle Okposo aren’t far behind in terms of interest.
All these options are just way too obvious, though. So, I figured I would trouble the Canucks Army staff for which under the radar free agents they would like to see the Canucks pursue in free agency on July 1st.
I would pretty much echo what Jeremy said. One name that has always intrigued me is Loui Eriksson given his play with the Sedins at international competitions and the fact he is a fairly solid winger.
Outside of Eriksson, Okposo, Lucic, and Perron, there are not many unrestricted free agents worth chasing. I would rather see the Canucks target some restricted free agents like defenceman Patrick Wiercioch.
Brian Campbell? I generally agree with jackson and the consensus that the FA class this year won’t be enough to really alter the Canuck’s immediate fortunes. That said, Campbell is still a top-4 guy (although he shoots left) and will probably take a significant discount from his current (overpaid) salary – say in the 5.5-6 million range as a 36 year old d-man. He’s still a positive possession player and he’s always been very good at moving the puck forward. On a 2-year deal, there is little risk and I would try it. Lord knows the Canucks need to improve their defense, although he may come at the expense of Hamhuis. In any case, worth a look