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WWYDW: A Hockey Trade?

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 askedwhat would you do with Thomas Vanek?


I have been a Vanek fan for years and I’ve been really happy with how he has p[played this year. That being said, I think the Canucks have to trade him at the TDL. Vanek has some value and the Canucks need to capitalize on it. This team needs draft picks to accelerate the rebuild and Vanek just doesn’t fit in the teams long term plans.

North Van Halen:

As someone that has defended Benning & Linden, let me say, if they think keeping Vanek (or Gudbranson for that matter) is a good idea, I’m going to be next on the fire everyone band wagon.
He’s not core piece of any possible future championship here, he’s a stop gap fill-in that you can find any time you need one in the off season or at the trade deadline for a 3rd or a 4th. A flooded market may make him hard to move but all efforts should be made to flip him at this point. If the best you can get from him is a 5th or 6th you sign him after the trade deadline.

I’d likely take the 5th though.

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As NVH says, keeping Vanek should be considered a fireable offense. There is *no* reason to keep him. If the Canucks want him back, they can resign him as a UFA in the off-season. They are not making the playoffs this year and there is literally no advantage to keeping him on the team. The Canucks *must* move UFAs for picks if they’re serious about improving the long-term outlook of the franchise.

Ser Jaime Lannister:

They shouldve been doing this years ago signing “stop gap” vets to 1-2 max and dealing for what ever you can. Vanek has benefited greatly from playing with Boeser as will anyone who plays with an elite talent like him. On his own hes been below average imo, 17 goals on the PP, defensive liability with his 5on5 play and the minus 14 isnt helping his case. Canucks will have minimum two forward prospects make the team next year and are desperately needed. Youth, speed, and skill! Time to see this team make some improvements, these bottom finishes are embarrassing for the fans and players.


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No don’t keep him, he needs to be moved at the TDL. I really like what he brings and hope he can be resigned

when he’s finished his gunslinger role. Hopefully he’d like to come back. One can’t ignore the points he has put up.

He’s done so most of his career. Another one year deal. He’s probably looking for a golden parachute though.

  • apr

    I take it everyone should be available outside Brock and Bo, the NMCs, and Benning favourites Sutter, Tanev, Stecher, and JV. Outside the UFA, the only hockey trades to make are with Hutton and Baertschi. That said, there is probable a secondary market for Biega and Dowd. I do think JB will be active and the Nucks will have a few more draft picks for sure.

  • Burnabybob

    In 2-3 years time, the Canuck top four figures tentatively to be Juolevi, Tanev, Stecher, and whomever the Canucks draft in the first round this year. (I’m assuming Benning takes a d-man who develops into a solid NHLer.)

    Hutton doesn’t really figure to be part of that top group. He seems to have already reached his plateau, which is a useful depth player who can potentially fill in on the top four when injuries arise. Considering where the Canucks are in their rebuild, I wouldn’t hold on to a player like that. As many writers on this site have said, Canuck management needs to roll the dice on draft picks that might turn into impact players. They aren’t going to the playoffs this year, so they don’t need insurance players like Hutton.

    I would also trade Vanek and Gudbranson for best offer. Not a “creative” approach, but it’s what the Canucks need to do right now. Stockpile draft picks and hope to hit a home run, or at least a double.

    I would therefore try to move Hutton,

  • Benning should be entertaining offers on almost every player on the team.

    Edler’s been playing very well lately and I have a hard time believing a contending team wouldn’t pay a lot to add him, especially if the Canucks retain a bit of salary. I also have a hard time believing Edler wouldn’t waive his NTC if it meant a chance at a Stanley Cup, which he has to know he isn’t getting again in Vancouver. If you can get a 1st round pick or a quality prospect and a depth pick for him, make that move.

    Likewise, Tanev could net a fine return and everyone is looking to add a top-end right shot shutdown defenceman. The Lightning and Leafs in particular are teams that could benefit from Tanev and have the ability to pay. A 1st and a prospect is probably the starting point.

    If the Sedins are coming back next year and Petterson is likely coming over, I’d also take a serious look at moving Sutter, as another Gudbranson-like player whose reputation is probably higher than his play warrants. With Petterson and Gaudette both likely getting a crack at making the roster next season, and with Gaunce, Dowd, and Gagner filling in the depth centre roles, it makes sense to move Sutter if you can get a decent return. A middle-six centre in his prime, signed for several more seasons, with a reputation for defensive acumen and an ability to score goals should net the team a very decent return as well.

  • Dirty30

    Anyone not named Bo***** is open to offers. You want Erikson? We got Uber on speed-dial! Sutter? I’ll drive him myself! Guddy, MDZ, Gagner, if its got a name, its got a price tag! All offers considered and most accepted!

    Don’t wait — call now! Prospects, picks and future considerations accepted at par! Ask us about our package deals! Free trip to the SC with every purchase (ymmv).

    Act now!

  • Gillis Quinn

    Dark day for this long suffering franchise fanbase and CA is late to the party again… Bob McKenzie reporting a presser to announce an extension for Jim Benning and Linden has sent out a letter to season ticket holders frothing at the mouth over him, the scouting staff and the future of the Canucks… fml that’s it for me – see ya mugs.

  • Kneedroptalbot

    A great move by Jim to sign Vaneck and Gagner for pennies on the dollar late in the UFA period. Flip them when the right deal is available for picks/prospects. Didn’t cost us much, and we improve the young talent pool.

  • Steamer

    Gudbranson, Tanev and/or Hutton; Baertschi, Vanek, Dowd ( good luck ), Nilsson (again, luck ). Keep Virt unless unreal offer – he still has time on his side. Picks, picks, picks…

  • defenceman factory

    Canucks need another top 4 D. Move out Guddy, Vanek and one of Hutton, Holm, MDZ or Poulliot for the best 3 picks you can get.

    Package one of those picks with Baertschi for a 1st rd pick or a good D prospect.

  • BendingCorners

    No rush. Move Vanek and Gudbranson now, and a few more over the summer or even over the next 2-3 years. Some of the current players and prospects will be useful or starring members of a future Cup-contending team (maybe 3-4 years from now, hopefully). Many others can be moved for best available price between now and then. They don’t all have to be moved this month or this summer, but no good offer should be refused.
    Projecting the gaps in that future roster is for fools, but I gladly rush in. Two top-six wingers and two top-pair defensemen need to be found via draft or trade over the next 3 years to make that 4th year a potentially very good one. Get as many picks as possible to help keep the bottom half of the roster young and cheap, and get some high picks to help fill the remaining (projected) gaps. The other spots, provisionally at least, have names penciled in.
    A bit of a challenge; I hope Benning succeeds.