There are only five days to go until Monday’s NHL trade deadline and the Canucks are looking to sell sell sell.
With the Canucks looking destined to miss the playoffs this year, Dan Hamhuis, Radim Vrbata, and Alex Burrows could all be on the move.
Apparently it won’t stop there.
According to the best insider in the business, the Canucks are shopping seven players, three of whom are currently playing for their AHL team in Utica. Linden Vey, Matt Bartkowski, Ronalds Kenins, Adam Cracknell, Chris Higgins, Brandon Prust, and Yannick Weber are available.
VAN has let other 29 teams know they are open for business on: Vey, Bartkowski, Kenins, Cracknell, Higgins, Prust and Weber.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 24, 2016
The Canucks are essentially like the bargain bin at Best Buy. They have a lot of stuff that you don’t really need, but they’re selling them at rock-bottom prices.
The seven players listed by McKenzie aren’t exactly going to bring in a big haul to the Canucks, but perhaps they could bring something. Maybe a 3rd round pick? That’s optimistic.
The Washington Capitals shelled out a 3rd rounder on depth defenceman Mike Weber yesterday, so anything is possible.
Linden Vey and Ronalds Kenins are both just 24-years-old and have shown some potential at the NHL level, so they could entice a non-playoff team looking to build up their depth.
Matt Bartkowski has had a disappointing season in Vancouver, not looking like the potential top-4 defenceman that management may have been hoping for. Still, GMs are always looking for depth on defence at this time of year. Bartkowski will always tantalize scouts with the way he rushes the puck up the ice. Maybe the Canucks find a taker.
Speaking of depth defencemen, Yannick Weber is one. He recently cleared waivers, so it’s unlikely that someone takes a gamble on him.
Brandon Prust and Chris Higgins also cleared waivers recently, although they have more playoff pedigree than Weber. Still, don’t bet on them getting moved.
Adam Cracknell is an interesting option. He’s gritty and could provide centre depth for a team looking to go deep in the playoffs.
All of the players listed in McKenzie’s tweet, with the exception of Chris Higgins, will be free agents on July 1. So while these players aren’t likely to be difference makers for anyone, they also don’t require much commitment.
We’ll find out what they’re worth on Monday at noon.