Would a Loui Eriksson trade to the Sens for either Gaborik or MacArthur be possible?
— Jason Trejo (@JasonTrejoRizky) March 31, 2019
Absolutely. When it comes to a possible Eriksson trade, the Canucks should be targeting cash-poor teams who need to reach the cap floor and can’t afford to pay players who aren’t going to suit up for them. That’s how the Leafs managed to trade David Clarkson’s contract, and for whatever it’s worth, Eriksson appears to be a more useful player at this stage of his career than Clarkson was when he was traded. If the Canucks take enough dead salary back, they may even be able to pry an asset out of a team like Ottawa.
Why don’t NHL teams pay bonuses on June 15th vs July 1. Would it not give teams more flexibility to deal at the draft and in the run up to free agency? Eriksson would likely be more marketable during draft week if his large bonus was already off the books, no? Is it a cba thing?
— John Schreiner (@Shazamshazam69) April 1, 2019
This is a great question. I’d imagine there’s a reason why bonus payments line up with the first day of a contract year but I don’t know if it’s done for legal or bookkeeping reasons. Giving teams the option to move bonus payments around is a decent idea if they want to see more trades at the draft.
We get some draft lottery luck and are lucky enough to be able to draft Hughes. Do you see any chance of trading that pick for players that could complete the process quicker? Personally I believe we should make a trade and get pieces on D.
— Peter Tiel (@Peteski00) April 1, 2019
Nothing is going to expedite the rebuild quite like adding an NHL-ready centre with the potential to be an elite contributor like Jack Hughes, so trading him or the first overall pick that will be used to select him should be off the table. Any team with Hughes, Pettersson, and Horvat as their top three centres is likely to be attractive to free agents, and the added forward depth would give them the freedom to look at moving a Jake Virtanen or Adam Gaudette for defensive help. It won’t be a popular answer, but if the Canucks were to draft Jack Hughes and they absolutely felt that they needed to trade a big-name centre for a defenseman, their best option from a risk/reward standpoint would be Bo Horvat.
Thoughts on Adam Fox, and if the Canucks would consider making a move for a young right side defender?
— Josh Crawford (@joshcrawford93) April 1, 2019
Adam Fox is as close to a sure thing as you can get from a player not currently in the NHL. He’s the best amateur defenseman in the sport and will come cheap and NHL-ready the moment a team inks him to an ELC. The Canucks should move Heaven and Earth to get him to sign in Vancouver, and if that means making a trade, then I’m all for it; as long as they don’t sell the farm, obviously.
Which fwds are back next year?
— will yan (@thewillhouse) April 1, 2019
It will really depend on what the front office looks like going into next season. If the Canucks retain all their Hockey Ops staff and don’t add anybody then I can’t really see them making a ton of changes. Eriksson will probably be gone, and I won’t be surprised if they move on from Sutter, Goldobin, and/or Granlund, either. If there’s a new-look front office next season, then all bets are off. The Canucks really only have three forwards that are off-limits. I don’t see them trading Roussel, Gaudette, or Virtanen unless circumstances change significantly, but virtually anyone else other than the core group of Horvat, Boeser, and Pettersson could be on the move.
If Byram is taken by the time the Canucks pick, who is the next best D-man available or do you pick the next best player and if so who do you think that would be?
— Jeremy Long (@Jlonger77) April 1, 2019
There’s a significant drop-off after Byram when it comes to defenders in this year’s draft. The second tier of defenders includes Cam York, Anttoni Honka, Philip Broberg, Victor Soderstrom, Thomas Harley, Mikko Kokkonen, and Matthew Robertson. The consensus top defenseman after Byram at this stage seems to be Broberg, but I remain unconvinced that he deserves the hype he’s receiving for the moment. I still have a ton of catching up to do on this year’s draft but I’m quite fond of Honka, York, and Robertson, although I don’t think any of those players will or should go in the top 10.
Do joulevi, Lind or Madden play in the NHL next year
— jackson (@JacksonCanucks) March 31, 2019
I would say there’s virtually no chance we see Lind in the NHL next season. Madden might get a game or two if he signs with the Canucks at the end of next season, but he doesn’t yet have the leverage to guarantee it will happen. We’ll have to see how his sophomore season goes. I think Juolevi’s chances of getting in at least one game late in the season are pretty good, but obviously it will depend on how his recovery goes.
Have you any inkling the Canucks are looking at Oliwer Kaski?
— Ryan McNutt (@Mawesome21) March 31, 2019
I haven’t really heard anything but I think they’ll probably take a look at him. They wouldn’t be doing their jobs if they didn’t. I doubt he will sign in Vancouver when there will be more attractive options available.
Why were the Canucks so keen to burn a year of Quinn Hughes ELC for 6 games?
— Jonathan. (@jrozcan) March 31, 2019
It’s just standard practice with NCAA players of Hughes’ calibre. College players are afforded way more leverage over the teams that draft them than their CHL or European counterparts, and it’s their respective agents’ jobs to utilize that leverage to create favourable conditions for their client. In Hughes’ case, he could have very easily waited the Canucks out, gone back to college for two more years and completed his education, and then signed in whatever city his brother Jack lands in. You can’t pin this one on the Canucks, it’s just the cost of doing business with high end NCAA players.
Is a UFA signing of Tyler Myers by the Canucks this offseason inevitable? His advanced stats say "meh" to me, but I could be convinced otherwise.
— Fred P (@Meerschaum529) April 1, 2019
It sure seems inevitable at the moment. The Canucks have a tendency to telegraph their decisions in free agency through the media months ahead of July 1, and we’ve seen this movie before with Jay Beagle. Where there’s smoke, there’s probably fire. Unless there’s a shakeup or Myers isn’t interested I’d imagine the Canucks will be the frontrunner come the opening of free agency.
Victoria what’s the most popular food ? Pizza pho ramen sushi pasta steak house? Or is it the really good fish and chips on Victoria waterfront?
— mike higashi (@hirokidude) April 1, 2019
Until very recently Victoria had more restaurants per capita than any other city in North America, so it would be nearly impossible to pin down what the top food is around these parts. It’s even harder to parse what places the residents flock to when the cruise ship season starts and tourists cause the number of people milling about downtown to double. All I can say is that Victoria is a patio town. If your restaurant offers brunch and a view of the water, it’s going to be hopping in the spring and summer.
How would you rank the top 10 prospects in the upcoming draft? Who do you see the Canucks taking if they pick 9th or 10th?
— Chris Keehn (@ChrisKeehn96) March 31, 2019
These rankings are going to change a ton before the draft, but at the moment they’d look something like this:
Can you see a situation where Beagle and Sutter play together on the fourth line next year with both playing PK and having the ability to cover out other C on important Dzone face offs. Sutter could also move up the line when inevitable injuries hit?
— thirdlinewinger (@thirdlinewinger) March 31, 2019
If the Canucks are going to come back with both Sutter and Beagle than this is just about the only way I could see it working. They just can’t justify keeping Adam Gaudette in the AHL and longer, so this would appear to make some sense on the surface. I think it’s much more likely we see a trade, though.
what free agents could this team add to elevate them next season? should playoffs be a reasonable expectation?
— Dan (@realNovocane) March 31, 2019
Their are a lot of free agents available this summer that would elevate the Canucks significantly next season, perhaps even to playoff contention. Erik Karlsson, Artemi Panarin, Jeff Skinner, Ryan Dzignel, Gustav Nyquist, and Brock Nelseon are probably the best among them, but I’m not sure any have serious interest in the Canucks and the team will have to be careful with how they spend their money with Boeser and Pettersson extensions on the horizon.
Unless significant changes are made, playoffs aren’t a reasonable expectation. Petersson, Horvat, and Boeser can maybe up their output by 5-10% next season without help and Quinn Hughes will improve the blue line, but not enough to make them a playoff team. Obviously, we will have to wait and see what happens in the offseason, but if they come back with a similar forward group and a defense that’s two major additions were Quinn Hughes and Tyler Myers, I don’t see it happening.
How come nobody has mentioned how completely out of the play Hughes was vs LA on the play when Brown hits the post on an empty net from the edge of the crease?
— Andy Fontana (@AndyFontana1) March 31, 2019
I’m guessing because they were too busy being excited by what was overall a strong debut performance by a 19-year old defender in a meaningless game in March against a bad team? He’s a 19-year-old rookie who plays a risk-taking style. There are going to be growing pains. I’d hold off on freaking out about him being out of position until he’s had some time to adjust to the NHL and the games actually matter…
And people say I’m negative. Yeesh.
How are those Burrows/Hansen trades looking now?
— ithinkicanuck (@ithinkicanuck) April 1, 2019
Those trades will always be good in a vacuum. The Canucks got a couple of very promising forward prospects and a draft pick for two veteran players who did not factor in to the Canucks’ future and washed out of the league fairly quickly after joining their new teams. Even with Dahlen in San Jose and Goldobin looking like he could be on his way out, you can’t take that away from them.
I will say, though, that I don’t think it will be a good omen for Jim Benning’s future if Nikolay Goldobin doesn’t pan out. Even his harshest critics would put the Hansen and Burrows trades among his top 5 with the Vancouver Canucks. If neither pans out, that leaves him with a pretty abysmal record in both trades and free agency, the two areas where General Managers have the largest effect on their team’s success. I don’t think it’s fair to retroactively say that the trades weren’t good -in a vacuum, they were clearly wins for the Canucks- if neither works out, the totality of the organization’s body of work on the trade market is going to look pretty unimpressive.