With the Ottawa Senators and Los Angeles Kings kicking off trade season last night with a swap of Dion Phaneuf and Nate Thompson for Nick Shore and Marian Gaborik, the hope is that more deals start coming together in short order.
In Vancouver, the expectation — or the hope, rather — is that the Canucks will move on from Thomas Vanek and Erik Gudbranson, parting with both for a bouquet of futures. Other than that, there aren’t any obvious rental pieces on the Canucks roster. That’s where things get interesting.
Rumours abound that the Canucks are listening to offers for Ben Hutton, though they aren’t actively shopping him. I’ve heard that they’ve been trying to find someone to take on Anders Nilsson. Otherwise, there isn’t a lot going on in Vancouver.
So, what would you do if you were in Canucks general manager Jim Benning’s shoes? Is there anything you would do to shake things up? Basically, what type of hockey trade would you make with this roster. Try and steer clear of the obvious sell-off deals, too — get creative!
Last week I asked: what would you do with Thomas Vanek?