Sven Baertschi requests trade from Canucks: report

Dec 14 2019, 3:04 pm

Sven Baertschi is looking for a new hockey home, according to a scoop from TSN 1040’s Rick Dhaliwal. According to the report, Baertschi’s agent Andre Rufener has permission from the Canucks to help facilitate a trade.

The 27-year-old winger has played the majority of the season in the AHL with the Utica Comets, appearing in just six games with the Canucks during a November call up.

Baertschi’s advanced stats in those six games were outstanding, as he still leads the team in Corsi-for percentage (63.93 CF%), albeit in a small sample size. He added two assists while averaging 11:49 of ice time per night, but failed to convert on some glorious scoring chances.

The Canucks were slumping during Baertschi’s call up, going 1-4-1 in the games he played, which didn’t help his case. Baertschi has been really good in Utica though, scoring 22 points (4-18-22) in 15 AHL games.

While the Canucks and Baertschi would like to find another team for him to play on, it remains to be seen if a deal can be reached. He’s passed through waivers already this season, with teams unwilling to take on his contract that counts $3.367 million annually against the cap this season and next.

To get a deal done, the Canucks will likely have to offer a sweetener in the form of a draft pick, or retain salary.