No qualifying offers for Canucks' Weber, Stanton, McMillan; will become unrestricted free agents

Dec 19 2017, 3:56 pm

The Canucks have not tendered qualifying offers to Yannick Weber, Ryan Stanton and Brandon McMillan, meaning that all three will be able to sign elsewhere as unrestricted free agents on July 1.

Also not receiving qualifying offers were four minor league players: Peter Andersson, Cory Conacher, Joacim Eriksson and Mike Zalewski.

Vancouver did extend qualifying offers to Sven Baertschi, Adam Clendening, Frank Corrado and Alex Grenier. Baertschi, Clendening and Corrado are likely for full-time NHL employment next season given that they are now waiver-eligible.

Weber and Stanton were likely the victims of a numbers game in Vancouver, with seven NHL defencemen already penciled in the lineup next season if the club is unable to trade Kevin Bieksa.

Interestingly enough, there is talk that Weber could still return to the Canucks. Weber became a valuable player last season, scoring 11 goals and 21 points in just 65 games. He was a catalyst for the Canucks’ power play, which improved upon his arrival on the first unit in the second half of the season.

It was a career year for Weber, who would have had a good case to make for himself in arbitration. The Canucks aren’t in a position to offer him a big raise, given their precarious salary cap situation.

Ryan Stanton, on the other hand, is likely headed elsewhere.

Plucked off of waivers by the Canucks before the start of the 2013-14 season, Stanton was a pleasant surprise on the Canucks’ defence. Stanton did everything asked of him as a depth defenceman, including defending his teammates when necessary. Unfortunately, Stanton was unable to replicate his success last season and was used primarily as the team’s 7th defenceman.