It’s no secret the Canucks are in need of a makeover on the back end. They were one of the league’s worst teams in terms of producing offense from the back end, and their bottom-ten shot share indicates they have some work to do on the defensive side of the puck as well. Quinn Hughes will undoubtedly help their outlook, but many sources close to the team have indicated that they will be looking to add another blueliner in free agency or via trade.
This morning, in an article for Sportsnet.ca, Iain MacIntyre speculated that the Canucks have interest in right-handed Jets defenseman Tyler Myers:
This is why it’s unaffordable, and probably downright foolish, for the Canucks to chase a defenceman like Erik Karlsson in free agency. But there are a few defencemen in a second, still-expensive, tier that could help the Canucks.
The best of these are Jake Gardiner, 28, and Tyler Myers, 29. Both are probably going to get overpaid, compensated in another thin free-agent class like No. 1 or No. 2 defencemen, even though they’re second-pairing guys. They’re also still young enough to command long-term deals, but how long is Benning willing to go?
A lot of teams liked checking centre Jay Beagle last summer, but only the Canucks were willing to give the 33-year-old a four-year deal.
The Canucks may have a better chance at landing Myers, who is less offensive (read: cheaper) than Gardiner, grew up in Calgary and played junior hockey in Kelowna, where he met his wife. Myers also plays the right side, where the Canucks are more needy. Both Hughes and Juolevi are lefties.
Myers would likely improve the team’s outlook on the right side, but would command significant money and term. Would you sign Tyler Myers? Why or why not?
Last week I asked: What changes, if any, would you like to see to the playoff format?
No need to change anything. Just because Toronto doesn’t match up well with Boston should not mean that the whole format is wrong. There is parity in the NHL. None of the top teams were without flaws. Injuries and suspensions change things. Deal with it.