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Benning and Eriksson have spoken about player’s future with team

During a radio hit on TSN 1040, Loui Eriksson’s agent J.P. Barry mentioned that the player and the General Manager met over the offseason about his future with the team and where to go from here.

According to Barry, the two discussed where to go after a disappointing season from the highest-earner on the Canucks. Just 11 goals and 29 points in 81 games during the 2018-19 regular season, it is clear that both Eriksson and Benning would either like improvement or a new opportunity somewhere else.

“Him and Jim have spoken about that and we have to go from here,” the agent  told TSN 1040. “I mean, we have spoken about a lot of things whether it is staying and playing or finding a new home, so we will need to continue discussing that.”

His future might be up in the air and uncertain, but with a $6-million cap hit and three years remaining on his six-year contract, Eriksson seems like an immovable object on the Vancouver roster. His ice-time has lowered to a minimal 14:04 average per game last season, so even Travis Green has trouble finding him a fit on this team.

“It’s gone past any kind of request,” Barry said. “I think we’re all just working together to look for a solution, really, is what we’ve been doing. It’s not an easy thing. I think any kind of transaction would have to involve a player on another team in similar situation and we all know that, so we’ve all looked around the league and this could be the time of year… those changes could still happen over the next several weeks.”

It will most likely be a long summer for both Benning and Eriksson, trying to find an answer to this cap and lineup problem. The result will not result in a buyout, since the Canucks don’t have any player going to arbitration, they do not qualify for the second buyout window this summer. Meaning that it will either be a trade or Eriksson will stay in Vancouver as they head into training camp.

“Loui’s an NHL player,” Barry said. “There’s many, many teams that would like to have him [if] his cap number weren’t what it is, right? So, we have to sit down and deal with that, but I don’t think that really helps make a transaction going forward, either.”

It’s an unfortunate reality, but Eriksson’s contract is a massive burden on any team acquiring the player. The Canucks would need to add a sweetener to the deal for the team acquiring the winger and that price might be high. The Leafs needed to add a first-round pick just to move one year of Patrick Marleau’s remaining contract with a cap hit of $6.25-million, so in order to move three more years of $6-million, it might take even more than that one high pick.

As of now, the future is still up in the air, but a solution will most likely be made before the end of summer.

  • CanucksRealist

    Biggest BUST free agent signing in Canucks history by Benning on both term and $$$… plus an ironclad NM/NT thrown in until now that has made Eriksson untradeable because his stock is so low. Not even his old pals in Dallas want him back. Disaster. An utter disgrace.

    • J-Canuck

      He is a bust, but you have to look at the time frame.
      Lucic got a bigger deal with the same NMC so during that FA period, it wasn’t out of the norm to have to match similar deals. Players, agents and GMs look at similar deals and go off those.
      Also the Sedin era was winding down and everyone wanted to take one more shot. Loui played well with them in International Play, mostly back in 2010, but I, as well as other Canucks fans hoped they had finally found a winger.
      They didn’t. Most big FA mistakes happen after a team has peaked and the leadership is trying to salvage things. Sometimes it works, Pens have done a decent job until Tanev, but mostly it doesn’t

  • J-Canuck

    Barry says it has gone past a request, yet says Loui was misinterpreted? General Agent speak.
    Love that he also said Loui is an NHL player that any team would love to have except for his cap number… translated “ He is over paid”
    Don’t need google translate for that one

    • If the Kesler contract is insured anything like Nathan Horton’s, then it’s more advantageous for the Ducks to keep Kesler. The Ducks would get the full $6.875M cap relief but only pay 20% ($1.375M) of Kesler’s salary whereas Eriksson would have no LTIR cap relief if the Ducks went over the cap, eat up $6M of existing cap space, and cost $3M per season in real dollars.

  • Freud

    For the apologists who keep telling us Benning learns from mistakes and is becoming a better GM. He had this to say today. This does not sound like a smart GM with a plan. It sounds like a boob lurching from one in the moment decision to the next, desperately trying to be a 16th place team, rather than be a championship team.

    “We have three months before the season starts and I’m trying to see if I can move a player or two, but if not, everyone will come into camp and we’ll have healthy competition for spots.”

    • Silverback

      I think you are hearing what you want to hear. That quote simply tells me that all options are on the table. Trade, a spot on the lineup, or Utica. Why would he divulge his exact planned option? Wouldn’t it make it difficult to negotiate his best deal?