Everyone is waiting to see what the Vancouver Canucks are going to do with Tyler Myers
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15 days ago
Everybody is waiting to see what the Vancouver Canucks are going to do with defenceman Tyler Myers.
In a Tuesday morning appearance on Donnie and Dhali — The Team, Myers’ agent JP Barry — who also represents Elias Pettersson and Jett Woo — spoke about his client’s $5 million signing bonus and how it will be “interesting” to see what happens after the Canucks pay it in ten days.
“It’s payable before the season and then he plays on the lower number,” Barry said. “But he’s in his final year and it’ll be interesting to see.”
So yeah, when we say everyone is waiting to see what the Vancouver Canucks are going to do with Tyler Myers, we truly do mean everyone.
As has been well-documented, the Canucks essentially have two options: keep Myers or trade him.
Myers’ five-year, $30 million contract with the Canucks finishes at the end of this season. Once his bonus is paid on September 15th, he’ll only be owed $1 million in “real money”, making him a much easier player for any GM to sell their team’s owner on giving the green light to acquire. He can skate, he’s got offensive upside, and most importantly, he’s going to be ultra-motivated to play some of his best hockey yet.
“It’s a big deal for Tyler,” Barry added in the interview. “He has to play for everyone. He has to play hard. He’s in his final season and wants to continue to get another contract… He wants to show the rest of the NHL that he can help. It [his play this season] will figure out where his market value is… So I mean, if he has a good year, it’s important to him, so I think he’s going to do everything he can to have the best year possible and that’ll help the Canucks. They’ll either decide to keep him at a different number or move him to another team.”
Myers signed as a free agent with the Canucks in the summer of 2019 and has tallied 77 points through 283 games with the club. Myers’ Canucks tenure has been up and down to this point, and his sometimes “chaotic” style of play has become well-known to fans.
Many believe that Myers would be able to thrive in a bottom pairing role, and the Canucks’ new-look defence group suggests that’s exactly the role he’d find himself in.
There’s a very easy case to be made for not trading Myers, and it’s that the Canucks are far from having a logjam on their defensive depth chart, especially on the right side. In a season with so much riding on whether or not the Canucks can compete and reach the playoffs once again, subtracting an extremely motivated veteran presence from the depth chart doesn’t seem like a wise choice.
Is the mid-round pick or B-level prospect the club would presumably get back in a trade really worth weakening their depth? Is the $6 million in cap savings really that valuable to the club? Maybe!
There’s seemingly no right answer when it comes to what the Canucks should do with Myers, and that’s exactly why everyone is waiting patiently to see what the Canucks do with him before the season gets underway.
Here’s a question for you all in the comments section: If the Canucks are in a playoff spot at the trade deadline and Myers has been flourishing in a third-pairing role, do you trade him? Let us know below!
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