In this version of the Vancouver Canucks News & Rumors, CHEK’s Rick Dhaliwal reported a couple of issues concerning the membership. First, the group is occupied with a couple of unrestricted free brokers (UFA), specifically Pius Suter and Max Comtois. However, the group must clear cap area, which is why Tyler Myers and Conor Garland are nonetheless in commerce rumors. Also, an replace on Elias Pettersson’s contract extension talks.
Suter & Comtois Free Agent Interest
Dhaliwal joined Sekeres & Price and discussed a couple of issues. He mentioned the Canucks are nonetheless occupied with a couple of UFAs. Dhaliwal factors out that after the Bo Horvat commerce, the Canucks don’t have a lot centre depth behind Pettersson and J.T. Miller in case both will get injured. Therefore creating cap area and signing a participant who can leap between the third and second line.
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Dhaliwal mentions Suter and Comtois as two gamers the group is occupied with. Suter must be the Canucks first alternative as he’s a centre and will leap up onto the second line in case one among Pettersson or Miller are out of the lineup. The centre averaged north of 16 minutes of time on ice in his first two NHL seasons earlier than averaging 14:04 final season with the Detroit Red Wings. He has posted 43 targets and 87 factors in 216 video games.
Meanwhile, Comtois continues to be obtainable after struggling the final two seasons. He posted a career-high 16 targets and 33 factors in 55 video games through the 2020-21 season, his third NHL season. He struggled to enhance or repeat that success, posting six targets and 16 factors in 52 video games through the 2021-22 season and scoring 9 targets and recording 19 factors in 64 video games final season. However, he’s a participant price taking a shot at signing, as he’s solely 24 years previous. Still, the Canucks have work to do, because the group has informed brokers to carry on as they attempt to create cap area.
Garland and Myers Top Trade Assets
Dhaliwal says Garland and Myers are the 2 gamers the staff is buying round to create cap area. He provides they remind him of the Loui Eriksson, Jay Beagle and Antoine Roussel state of affairs, because the Canucks had to surrender rather a lot to maneuver them. However, the Canucks don’t have many sweeteners to present out in a commerce for both participant, as they’ve given up first-round picks up to now and depleted most of their prospect pool over the previous 5 years.
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Although it will likely be robust to commerce the 2 gamers, I’m wondering if the Erik Karlsson commerce will change Myers’ state of affairs. In early June, there have been rumors the San Jose Sharks and the Canucks had a deal on the table for Myers while Kevin Labanc would return to Vancouver. Obviously, the deal didn’t undergo, however after the Sharks traded Karlsson to the Pittsburgh Penguins a couple of days in the past, the membership may very well be within the blueliner as soon as once more. The Sharks even have a bit extra cap area, which might result in the Canucks buying one other participant as an alternative of Labanc. Therefore, Vancouver might find yourself with sufficient room to signal both Suter or Comtois. Still, the Canucks will doubtless have to surrender a sweetener in a deal for Myers.
Dhaliwal additionally mentioned Pettersson and his contract extension. He mentioned either side are quiet as there isn’t a urgency to get a deal. Dhaliwal didn’t consider a deal would get accomplished this summer season, and the group will need to see if he can put up one other 100 factors within the 2023-24 season. Pettersson took an enormous step in his growth in his fifth NHL season, scoring a career-high in targets with 39 and factors with 102 in 80 video games.
The Canucks ready for him to repeat the success he had final season is comprehensible as nicely. Pettersson struggled earlier than the second half of the 2021-22 season, however he must be near a 100-point participant subsequent season so long as he’s wholesome. Dhaliwal mentioned he’s involved Pettersson will do what Matthew Tkachuk, Alex De Brincat and Pierre Luc Dubois have accomplished and depart a Canadian market, as star gamers don’t need to lose throughout their prime.
The concern of Pettersson leaving throughout his prime is respectable because the group hasn’t strung collectively profitable seasons since he made his NHL debut, with one postseason below his belt. Additionally, because of this the Canucks ought to proceed to retool as an alternative of rebuilding, as they should create success as a company.
Sutter Signs PTO with Oilers
Former Canuck Brandon Sutter signed knowledgeable tryout with the Edmonton Oilers and can seem on the group’s coaching camp. Sutter hasn’t performed an NHL recreation since he was sidelined by Long COVID in Oct. 2021. The 34-year-old beforehand recorded 9 targets and 12 factors in 43 video games through the 2020-21 season with the Canucks. Throughout 770 profession video games, he’s scored 152 targets and 289 factors whereas enjoying with the Carolina Hurricanes, Penguins and Canucks.