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15:06  12 june  2019
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Benning: Canucks looking for help on defence heading into draft, free agency

Benning: Canucks looking for help on defence heading into draft, free agency Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning has a lot of balls in the air these days. There's the upcoming NHL draft — which his team just happens to be hosting — plenty of meetings, and preparations for the opening of free agency July 1. With young stars like Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser, and presumed captain-in-waiting Bo Horvat up front, Benning feels pretty good about Vancouver's forward group. That's why his focus heading into the big month ahead revolves around shoring up a defence with some nice pieces, and just as many question marks.

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Vancouver GM Jim Benning continues to be honest and open with the media this offseason about the direction of the Canucks and his upcoming plans. In a media session yesterday, the veteran executive spoke on a number of topics, including the positions he will try to fill in free agency. Per’s Kevin Woodley, Benning was happy to reveal whom he may target:

Going forward now, if we are going to add through free agency, we want to try to add top-four defensemen or top-six forwards, so I think our needs in that way have changed. I haven’t been shy about stating that we would like to improve our defense. There are different avenues to try to do that, so we’re looking at all those avenues.

Report: Canucks don't intend to issue qualifying offer to Hutton

Report: Canucks don't intend to issue qualifying offer to Hutton Ben Hutton appears to be headed toward unrestricted free agency. The Vancouver Canucks are not planning to qualify the defenseman, reports Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. As a player with arbitration rights, Hutton's salary was going to jump out of Vancouver's comfort zone, adds Friedman. Hutton, a pending RFA, would become a UFA if the Canucks don't tender him a qualifying offer. The 26-year-old produced 20 points over 69 games in his fourth NHL season and ranked second on the club in average ice time, logging 22:21 per contest. He's coming off the second campaign of the two-year, $5.6-million extension Hutton signed with the club in November 2016.

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The “change” that Benning is referring to is in contrast to last offseason, when the Canucks spent on bottom-six depth in free agency, targeting Jay Beagle, Antoine Roussel and Tim Schaller. This year, the names that the Canucks will seek will be more high-profile. Up front, Vancouver has already been linked to Marcus Johansson, while British Columbia native Brett Connolly will also likely be in consideration. On the back end, Jake Gardiner is known to be a free agent target, although Benning’s comments make it seem as though the Canucks could also scour the trade market for a top-four defenseman as well. One way or another, it seems this summer will be more exciting than the last for Vancouver.

  • That “top-four target” could also come internally, as Benning acknowledges that Vancouver is still working through contract talks with Alex Edler. The longtime stalwart is an impending free agent who asked not to be traded at the trade deadline this past season in hopes of an extension with Vancouver. Months later, a deal has not yet been signed. It appears that term and trade protection appear to be the sticking points, especially as the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft looms. Edler would like protection from a possible Seattle selection, but Benning and the Canucks would rather use one of their limited slots on a key young piece. Sportsnet’s Iain MacIntyre relays some honest words from Benning on the subject:

I think it’s fair to say we don’t have the appetite to do that. We had to do that last time with Daniel and Henrik Sedin. But we’re going to have some good young players that we need to protect or we’ll lose them.

Benning confirms Eriksson trade a possibility for Canucks

Benning confirms Eriksson trade a possibility for Canucks Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning might trade forward Loui Eriksson after the 33-year-old said he and Canucks coach Travis Green "don't really get on 100 percent." "I am going to talk to Loui this week and get his thoughts on everything and why he made the comment he did, but (a trade) could be something that's real," Benning said, according to Kevin Woodley of Eriksson, who has three years left on a six-year, $36-million contract, made the comments to Swedish website while playing for Sweden at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.

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  • Edler could be gone if talks don’t improve, and so could another veteran, Loui Eriksson. Benning spoke to Eriksson’s comments to a Swedish newspaper earlier this offseason, when he stated that he did not trust or get along with head coach Travis Green. Benning said that he plans to talk with Eriksson soon, but that those comments are a true cause for concern and a trade could be a real possibility. This isn’t the first we’ve heard Eriksson trade rumors, with many linking him to the Edmonton Oilers and former head coach Dave Tippett in a possible swap for fellow expensive and underperforming forward Milan Lucic. However, Benning’s comments would imply that a trade could happen even if it isn’t with Edmonton. The Canucks might have trouble finding a taker for the remaining three years and $6 million average annual value on Eriksson’s contract, but if it’s a matter of team chemistry, the Canucks might have to do whatever it takes to move the seasoned winger.

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Free agency is now a little less than a month away from opening, and quite a few prominent players are set to hit the open market while many teams have key restricted free agents to re-sign. Vancouver has one of the better forwards in the RFA class and one of the better defenders among the unrestricted free agents. Here’s a closer look at the Canucks' free agent situation. Key Restricted Free Agents: F Brock Boeser – The 22-year-old had a nearly identical sophomore season compared to his rookie year.  While some stagnation can be cause for concern, that’s not the case with Boeser.

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