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Canucks trade Michael Chaput to Chicago for Tanner Kero

With everyone finding their way home from the draft on Sunday, the Canucks swung a minor deal:

Directly from the press release:

Kero, 25, split the 2017.18 season between the Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs. He registered three points (1-2-3) in eight games with Chicago and 20 points (8-12-20) in 36 games with Rockford. The 6’0″, 185-pound centre has appeared in 72 career NHL games, collecting 22 points (8-14-22).

Kero has one year left in a two-year deal that was signed in March of 2017. He carries a $750,000 cap hit for the 2018-19 season on a one-way deal. Since that is under the maximum allowable amount to buried in the AHL, the one-way aspect should not be of worry. At the end of this season, Kero will be an RFA with arbitration rights.

Chaput was originally signed by the Canucks as an unrestricted free agent prior to the 2016-17 season and then signed another one-year deal the following summer. He was a pending RFA but since the deal has gone down, the Blackhawks did not tender a qualifying offer and thus Chaput will become a UFA.

The deal appears to be about opening up a contract spot for the Blackhawks and the Canucks get a tweener forward who can help the prospects in Utica or come up to the Canucks as needed.

It is a minor transaction but still interesting as Kero has done well at the AHL level but hasn’t been able to secure that full-time spot in the NHL.

  • Phew! Now we don’t need any more help down the middle this year, cupboards are stocked!

    But, seriously, Chaput was a valuable member of the comets last year, and hopefully this guy can fill his shoes or better, also does he qualify as veteran status in the AHL? I know the rules down there are finicky with that kind of stuff.

  • also, I am kind of curious, you guys here work hard, especially so for the draft stuff, so I have this image in my mind of you guys in the office all hunkered around a computer desk monitor streaming the draft and JB’s voice comes on and after he thanks Dallas he says “with the #7 selection, the Vancouver Canucks would like to select…” and after he says Quinn Hughes your bullpen erupts with cheers and hugging and spreadsheets and ticker tape all flys in the air like confetti at New Years, and you, Ryan slump into your chair like an exhausted boxer after winning a 12 round fight, a sigh and a nod, and muttered words to yourself, “Goddamn you jim, you did it… we did it.”
    And after the appropriate amount of time JD Burke comes out of his fancy corner office with his suspenders and coffee, and suppressing his own pride in you all he yells in a stern voice, “Alright everyone, this isn’t Mardi Gras, we still have work to do! There are still 5 more picks on the table!” but everyone knows, that boss man is like undercooked jerky, tough on the outside and soft in the middle, and he, in his own way is perhaps the happiest of all.

    So, my question is, was the draft something like that for you guys (please say yes)?