Sekeres: Canucks may look to acquire hefty contract for draft pick

Matthew Sekeres of TSN 1040 thinks the Canucks could make an interesting type of move before the NHL trade deadline comes to a close.

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We’ve seen these types of deals before and for the Canucks, any opportunity to gain an attractive asset should be examined. Last summer, we saw the Florida Panthers trade Dave Bolland and Lawson Crouse, the teams first round pick in 2015, to the Arizona Coyotes for a second and third round draft pick. Bolland hasn’t played since December 2nd 2015 due to lingering ankle and back injuries. 

Bolland carries a 5.5 million dollar AAV and Florida had to shed that off their books to sign pieces of their young core. To unload that contract, they contacted Arizona, a team that’s rebuilding, in need of an asset and has the cap space to take Crouse’s contract. 

Arizona received Bolland’s contract, along with a highly regarded prospect in Lawson Crouse as well. For the Canucks, two candidates come to mind for this type of deal to happen before the deadline. Andrew Ference of the Edmonton Oilers and Eric Fehr of the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Ference, who hasn’t suited up since November 2015 due to a career ending hip injury, carries a 3.25 million dollar AAV and is currently preventing Edmonton from making another move hours before the NHL trade deadline cutoff. The Oilers could likely offer up a second or third to pay Ference’s contract until he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Canucks would likely be more than willing to pay Ference for the remainder of the year if they were to get a pick or valued prospect in return for their troubles.

Eric Feher, who was recently placed on waivers, carries a two million dollar contract to his name and furthermore, one of the reasons the Penguins have zero cap space. The Penguins may want to continue to make moves up until the deadline and if that’s the case, shedding that contract by giving the Canucks a few picks could be the ideal scenario. 

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With Ryan Miller apparently not moving and with few other attractive trade options, this could be the last deal we see the Canucks make. 

  • This is something they should have done last off-season rather than signing Eriksson. Use that cap space to offer one-year cap relief for other teams in exchange for good prospects like Teravainen. Forget the draft picks, we need players like Goldobin now so we don’t need to sign guys like Megna, Chaput and Skille next year.

    • apr

      Hindsight is 20/20, especially seeing how Erickson has struggled this year, which he did in his first year in Boston as well. If you are saying you want to make a run at the playoffs – you better sign someone good – and Erickson was one of the top free agents available.

      My only problem is that Benning did not sign guys like Parenteau, Fiddler, Gagner or other vets who could have fetched a draft pick if the season went awry like this year. Megna, Chaput, and Skille are AHL’ers. There was no upside in carrying them on the roster for the entire season – as none of these guys will likely be back next year.

      Its not saying much, but Erickson’s contract is much better than Lucic’s and Ladd’s.

  • Steamer

    Really, really astounded that other teams aren’t trying to pry Megna loose. One would think, given the preeminence he has garnered under Willie Desjardins, that Megna – along with Chaput – would be a prime target for any team in pursuit of Lord Stanley’s trophy. Or is it perhaps that only the Canucks’ coach can perceive the inestimable contributions these players make?

  • Chris the Curmudgeon

    Looks like the Maple Leaves beat us to the punch here, TSN reports they have acquired Fehr (as of right now, for TBA).

    EDIT: And….it’s Corrado

  • Killer Marmot

    With Ryan Miller apparently not moving and with few other attractive trade options, this could be the last deal we see the Canucks make.

    That could be a good thing. The Canucks might want to offer Miller a new contract at the end of this season.