We are getting closer and closer to the NHL Trade Deadline, which means rumours are starting to fly. The Canucks seem to be keeping quiet on their plans for the deadline, but that hasn’t stopped the likes of Burrows, Hansen and Miller, among others, from being mentioned in deals.
With all of this in mind, what would you consider a successful deadline for the team? I asked our writers for their thoughts!
I would consider jettisoning at least two of Hansen, Burrows, and Miller for picks and/or prospects a successful deadline for the Canucks. Even trading one of them would be an improvement over last year’s deadline performance. While Benning’s radio comments today didn’t exactly inspire confidence that this season should be any different, here’s hoping he has already approached the subject with his players and is laying the groundwork for a couple of future-looking trades.
having more draft picks than they currently have
I second Grainne
Moving Hamhuis, Vrbata, and the Yard Sale 7
I think the Canucks should look into trading [VETERAN] for [FUTURES]. [VETERAN] has been an important part of this team for a long time, but he’s just not going to be contributing at the level we’re accustomed to by the time the Canucks are competitive again. [FUTURES] on the other hand, could potentially contribute to this team for many years to come.
The answer is simple, trade [VETERAN] for [FUTURES]!
Draft picks are great and all but what Benning has done (ducks for cover) by acquiring players that have already been developed or are already on their way to becoming established players, to me sounds like a better plan than acquiring a multitude of picks. You can bring in players that are closer to making the team or can fit a variety of roles without having to wait for them to pan out or HOPE that they pan out.
At the same time, you have to make sure the cupboards are stocked. As Jackson said, veterans for futures. That can look like a few things and I would rather see more Granlunds and Baertschis where someone else has already put in the time. Obviously, this isn’t a solution every time but there are enough players that are worth going for right now instead of waiting 3-5 years to maybe get what you want.
Make a splash with your first pick and educate yourself enough with players that are a car trip away in Junior.
Or trade for Malkin
Trade away all the old, worn-out players for new, shinier ones and draft picks.