Report: Vancouver Canucks grant Conor Garland permission to talk to NHL teams about a trade

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David Quadrelli
9 months ago
Per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Vancouver Canucks have granted Conor Garland’s camp permission to talk to other teams around the NHL to help facilitate a trade.
Friedman expanded on his report during his second appearance of the day on today’s edition of Donnie and Dhali — The Team:
“I wanted to do this before when I was on, but I wasn’t able to confirm it at the time,” Friedman began. “But Connor Garland and the Vancouver Canucks have reached an understanding that he is able to look for trades with other teams in the NHL to see if there’s a better fit for him. As you guys know, the Canucks are very tight to the cap, and I think this is a situation where they’re looking to see if there are other options available to him. And he has a new agent, Judd Moldaver, who is very aggressive, and although he wouldn’t comment, from what I understand and what I was told, he is pretty aggressively calling around in teams and seeing what the potential fits are.”
Garland was part of what many call one of the worst trades in Canucks history, when the Canucks traded Antoine Roussel, Jay Beagle, Loui Eriksson, along with a first, second, and seventh round pick to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Garland and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. After acquiring him, former Canucks general manager Jim Benning handed Garland a five-year contract extension with an annual average value of $4.95 million.
Garland hasn’t been able to find a regular home in the Canucks’ top six forward group or on the team’s loaded first power play unit. Through 158 games with the Canucks over the past two seasons, Garland has tallied 36 goals and 62 assists for a total of 98 points.
The Canucks bought out Ekman-Larsson this past season. Garland has three seasons — including 2023-24 — remaining on his contract.
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