Report: Canucks had choice between trading for Jason Dickinson or Vince Dunn in 2021

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Mike Gould
1 year ago
Jason Dickinson recorded just 11 points in 62 games during his Vancouver Canucks tenure, which lasted a little more than a year. The Canucks traded a third-round pick for him, but ended up needing to part with a second-round pick to move his contract.
It’s pretty safe to say the Canucks would probably take a do-over on that entire sequence of moves. And as The Athletic‘s Thomas Drance indicated on Sportsnet 650 earlier this week, the Canucks might’ve been able to use the pick they gave up for Dickinson to acquire a certain Stanley Cup champion defenceman.
According to Drance on Monday’s edition of Canucks Talk, the Canucks had the opportunity to acquire left-handed defender Vince Dunn from the St. Louis Blues leading up to the Seattle Kraken expansion draft — and it only would’ve cost them that third-round pick. Dunn recorded at least 20 points in each of his four seasons with the Blues between 2017 and 2021.
The Blues ended up losing Dunn to Seattle for nothing. Talk about wanting a do-over: Dunn has 13 goals and 57 points in 69 games with the Kraken this season. The 26-year-old defenceman has six fewer points over his two partial seasons in Seattle than Dickinson has in his entire NHL career.
Of course, the Canucks aren’t completely empty-handed from the whole Dickinson affair. They ended up flipping Dickinson (and a 2024 second-round pick) to the Chicago Blackhawks for defenceman Riley Stillman, who wasn’t very good in Vancouver … but then they ended up trading him to the Buffalo Sabres for prospect Josh Bloom, who as you likely read in today’s Blackfish prospects report, doesn’t look half bad.
The Canucks currently rank sixth in the Pacific Division with a 31–33–5 record through 69 games this season. They’ll return to action on Tuesday to take on the Vegas Golden Knights at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

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