The first transaction on trade deadline day involving the Canucks likely wasn’t what Canucks fans were envisioning.
Adam Cracknell, who was placed on waivers by the Canucks yesterday, has been claimed by the Edmonton Oilers. Cracknell, who will turn 31-years-old this summer, is going to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. With the Canucks loaded with centres, he wasn’t going to return next season.
#Canucks Adam Cracknell: "It was a dream come true from Victoria, to play for your home city, your home province."
— Cam Tucker (@CamTucker_Sport) February 29, 2016
Cracknell, who grew up on Vancouver Island, was a nice surprise for the Canucks this season. He came to Vancouver as a depth centre expected to play primarily in the AHL, but won the 4th line centre job out of training camp. He has played the entire season in the NHL for the first time in his career.
Cracknell has 10 points (5-5-10) in 44 games this season.
Cracknell should get 3rd line RW in EDM, while Yakupov steps into injured Pouliot's spot. Both he and Pardy were CGY drafts. Both UFA's
— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) February 29, 2016
The Oilers, who also claimed Adam Pardy off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets, will get a nice look at Cracknell down the stretch to see how he fits in to their future plans.
NHL teams have until noon Pacific time today to make player transactions. With Dan Hamhuis and Radim Vrbata on the trade block, the Canucks are expected to be busy.