Tortorella transaction complete: Canucks receive 2nd round draft pick from Blue Jackets

May 31 2017, 5:44 pm

The Canucks have picked up an additional selection at next month’s NHL Draft.

Vancouver will receive the second-round pick, 55th overall, belonging to Columbus as compensation for the hiring of their former coach.

When the Blue Jackets hired John Tortorella as head coach on October 21, 2015, Columbus had to surrender a second-round pick to Vancouver in 2016, 2017, or 2018. Though fired more than a year earlier, Tortorella was still technically under contract by the Canucks, hence the reason for compensation.

This was found money for the Canucks, who didn’t have a use for Tortorella anyway. The NHL has since altered the rule, allowing for such a hiring to occur without compensation going forward.

The Blue Jackets got to choose the year of the compensatory pick, with a deadline of June 1. Surrendering this year’s selection made sense for the surprising Blue Jackets, who finished the regular season with the league’s fourth-best record.

The Blue Jackets draft choice now gives the Canucks three picks in the first two rounds. Thanks to the Jannik Hansen trade, Vancouver also has six selections in the first four rounds for the first time since 1984.

The NHL Draft will take place on June 23 and 24 at the United Center in Chicago.

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