Report: Canucks are the 'frontrunner' to sign free agent Jay Beagle

Jun 30 2018, 1:59 am

The Vancouver Canucks may have won the Jay Beagle sweepstakes!


TSN’s Bob McKenzie is reporting that the Canucks are the frontrunner to land the soon-to-be free agent centre, likely on a multi-year deal.

Teams are permitted to speak with free agents around the league this week, but must wait until July 1 to officially put pen to paper. Beagle made $1.75 million last season.

The Canucks, who have cap space available to them, are not expected to swing for the fences on a big name free agent this summer. They do have a need for a centre though, which is where Beagle comes in.

A Stanley Cup champion with the Washington Capitals last season, Beagle can best be described as a fourth-line checking centre. His career-best offensive year came in 2016-17, when he scored 30 points (13-17-30) in 81 games. He had 22 points (7-15-22) in 79 games last season.

Beagle, who led all Capitals forwards in ice time on the penalty kill last season (2:31 per game), would help the Canucks’ 21st-ranked PK. He would also help the Canucks in the faceoff department, given that his 58.5 faceoff percentage was fifth-best in the NHL.

What should concern you about Beagle, who turns 33 in October, are his underlying numbers.

With a putrid 39.15 Corsi-For percentage, not only did Beagle have the worst Corsi on his team, he had the lowest CF% in the NHL, among skaters that played in 50+ games last season.

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