Four Vancouver Canucks featured on Daily Faceoff’s latest Trade Targets list
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9 months ago
Nils Höglander has been added to Daily Faceoff’s latest Trade Targets list, joining Canucks teammates Brock Boeser, Luke Schenn, and Conor Garland. The list is an ever-changing one that NHL insider Frank Seravalli is constantly shifting around based on conversations he’s had with folks around the league behind the scenes.
Here’s what Seravalli had to say about Höglander, who came in at 21 on the 45 player list.
21. Nils Hoglander
Left Wing, Vancouver Canucks
Stats: 25 GP, 3 G, 6 A, 9 Pts
Contract: Pending RFA, $891,667 AAV
Scoop: No surprise, but teams say the Canucks have been rather cavalier in their interest in shaking things up – to the point where they’ve essentially said: “Tell us who you’re interested in.” There has been interest in Hoglander before and teams are very intrigued about him now. Down in AHL Abbotsford, the 22-year-old has posted 17 points in 24 games. Given that Vancouver is on the prowl for NHL-ready players who are age 25 and under, it would seem like a longshot that they decide to move on from Hoglander at this exact juncture in time. But the possibility cannot be ruled out, as they’re going to be considering lots of different proposals as they field interest in their players.
As Seravalli mentioned, teams have been interested in Höglander before. We’ve written in the past about why we don’t think it’s a good idea for the Canucks to move on from Höglander.
As for Boeser, the winger slipped down one spot from Seravalli’s previous trade targets list, which had Boeser listed at eight. Here’s the latest on Boeser:
9. Brock Boeser
Right Wing, Vancouver Canucks
Stats: 47 GP, 10 G, 25 A, 35 Pts
Contract: 2 more seasons, $6.65 million AAV
Scoop: Word is beginning to circulate that the Canucks are willing to entertain a deal for Boeser that includes Vancouver retaining some salary. It likely would not be a significant amount, but the Canucks are ready to move on. Their push to finally, once and for all, create some salary cap flexibility is real. We know that Boeser is looking for a change of scenery, too. He’s already been given the ability to seek a trade through his agent. Boeser hasn’t scored at his typical rate this season, but he’s still at 0.73 points per game (61-point pace), and he does have value as a scoring winger. The concern for teams is the term.
There’s been plenty of trade chatter surrounding Luke Schenn, and it’s no surprise that he remains on the list. Schenn’s agent Ben Hankinson — who also represents Boeser — recently spoke about the idea of Schenn re-signing in Vancouver if the Canucks were to trade him at the deadline.
15. Luke Schenn
Right Defense, Vancouver Canucks
Stats: 54 GP, 3 G, 15 A, 18 Pts
Contract: Pending UFA, $850,000 AAV
Scoop: Schenn’s recent injury is no cause for concern. GM Patrik Allvin hasn’t ruled out the possibility that the Canucks re-sign Schenn. But the much more likely move is Vancouver seeks to maximize the return on Schenn. Word is the Canucks actually turned down a second-round pick for Schenn in last year’s deadline period. He’s a proven winner with Stanley Cup pedigree on an expiring, inexpensive deal. He has as many points as John Klingberg. Winnipeg, Calgary, Minnesota and Boston are just a few of the teams Schenn has been linked to, but others have also expressed interest. They say you can never have too many defensemen on a playoff run and Schenn is a fit for just about every team, particularly as a right-shot who can also play the left if needed.
The lowest Canuck on this edition of the list, coming in at 33 out of 45 players, is Conor Garland.
33. Conor Garland
Right Wing, Vancouver Canucks
Stats: 54 GP, 11 G, 18 A, 29 Pts
Contract: 3 more seasons, $4.95 million AAV
Scoop: For all of the hemming and hawing about the money the Canucks have spent on wingers, Garland quietly lived up to his end of the bargain last season with 19 goals and 52 points. He burst onto the scene under Rick Tocchet in Arizona, the guy who gave him his shot. His ice time is virtually unchanged under Tocchet. Nonetheless, the fact remains the Canucks committed $10 million more to wingers for next season in Anthony Beauvillier and Andrei Kuzmenko. And Garland has never fit quite right in Vancouver, signed by the previous regime. He is a prime candidate to try and create salary cap flexibility for the Canucks, but the term may be a sticking point.
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