McKenzie, Dreger: Canucks Favourites to Land Eriksson

Kicking things off bright and early, TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger tweeted out their early expectations for free agency. Both Dreger and McKenzie have pegged the Canucks as favourites to land forward Loui Eriksson today:

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There may be no better fit for a free agent today than Eriksson with Vancouver. 

The Swede fits the bill of the top six forward the Canucks desperately need and has history with both management and players. Erkisson is an excellent 200 foot player that has been a very consistent scorer throughout his career, and would provide a desperately needed offensive punch at the top of the Canucks’ lineup.

Also, as mentioned in Eriksson’s free agent profile, he has performed considerably well with the Sedins at international tournaments and Jim Benning was the assistant general manager for the Boston Bruins when they acquired Eriksson in the Tyler Seguin trade with the Dallas Stars. 

While the Canucks are favourites to land Eriksson, it appears as though they are also out of the running on all three of the local forwards. However, as it stands right now, Eriksson is likely the best fit for the Canucks out of the five names McKenzie mentioned given his repertoire and history with Canucks players and management. He will likely get a raise from his $4.25 million cap hit and is going to be 31 by the time the season starts, so keeping the term short is important. 

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Outside of the Eriksson news, McKenzie also reported that teams are ready to commit to secondary targets since they feel the primary targets are off the board.

As mentioned yesterday, the Canucks are interested in forwards Sam Gagner, Josh Jooris, and Corban Knight. With just under $11 million in cap space, the Canucks cannot make too big of a splash, but they have enough room to land a couple of the secondary free agents on top of Eriksson. There are some good young forwards available this year that would fit the retool quite nicely, as well as some potential bargains available in veteran forwards. Teams cannot officially sign free agents until 9 AM PDT today.

Also, be sure to join us for our Reddit AMA during free agency later today!

  • Foximus

    Let’s just hope Jimbo has good day today. He wet the bed on draft day by revealing his hand. Apparently jackets, Oilers and flames were about to make a trade but it didn’t go down because Columbus found out Jimbo is dead set on Pierre Luc Duboies…

    • pheenster

      Yes, which helped us because it prevented the the Flames from getting Puljujarvi. And in that scenario we wouldn’t have gotten PLD anyway. So I don’t see what your point is.

  • Dirty30

    5 X 4 years would be ideal — two year overlap with the Twins and if they re-sign for two at 5 each it’s a $15 mil 2nd line for two years.

    Miller and Burrows will be gone, Markstrom full time G with Demko maybe ready to back up or even steal the show.

    Focus needs to be on that stud Centre and hopefully JB is looking at a good one in FA. If not, need to find one in the next draft.

    And hire Manny already!

    • Vanoxy

      5×4 would be great, but it will be more like 6×6.5

      JB always opens the wallet to lock up guys he covets… see Miller, Dorsett, Sbisa and Sutter

      No complaints here though. Eriksson is the best fit available and it’s been years since the Nucks have splurged on a free agent.

      Fingers crossed for Pirri as a secondary signing.

      Should be a fun day.

  • Hockey Warrior

    OH Yeah, that’s the way to go Canuckleheads.. sign an aging, non marquee name, one dimensional winger for 5 mill plus (Vrbata 2.0) just to appease two aging untradeable SECOND LINERS – so by my reckoning, that’s a combined age on our FIRST LINE of 103 YEARS OLD hahaha YOU COULDN’T MAKE IT UP.

    Loser moves for a LOSER FRANCHISE that has averaged one STANLEY CUP final every 15 YEARS of their NHL existence…. and lost em all.

    Remember Vancouver, as old Sean Connery once so aptly said “LOSERS always WHINE about (trying) their best while WINNERS go home and f*** the prom queen”

    Stay classy Van City…

  • Foximus

    If we get Eriksson I’m feeling alot better. Not great but better. He’s the free agent that makes sense for us.

    If they fill other spots with low cost guys – whatever.

    We really need our draft picks to pan out – and not get traded!

    Here’s depending on Virtanen, Boeser, Demko and Juolevi. Also hoping Subban and Pedan get better and make a difference.

    It’s not all happening this year but fingers crossed.

  • TheRealRusty

    Eriksson won’t be too bad of a UFA signing if we can get him to $5-5.5 million at 4 years (3 years would even be better). Only if we really have to… maybe a modified no trade (NTC comes off in the final year). Front end load the contract so that we can have the option of moving him to a cap basement team in the last year.