Sports Canucks Trade Tiers: Does Benning have any more moves up his sleeve?
Boeser out at least 3 weeks with rib injury, Ferland done for season
The Vancouver Canucks' trade for Tyler Toffoli is suddenly making a lot more sense. Brock Boeser suffered a rib cartilage fracture and will be re-evaluated in three weeks, while forward Micheal Ferland is out for the season due to recurring concussion-like symptoms, Canucks general manager Jim Benning announced Monday night. Boeser, who's missed the last three games, was hurt Feb. 8 against the Calgary Flames. Ferland was diagnosed withBrock Boeser suffered a rib cartilage fracture and will be re-evaluated in three weeks, while forward Micheal Ferland is out for the season due to recurring concussion-like symptoms, Canucks general manager Jim Benning announced Monday night.
With the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline drawing near, Sportsnet is breaking down what each Canadian club has to work with as they head toward Feb. 24. We’ve sorted each roster into Trade Tiers to hash out who’s safe, who’s available and who’s likely on the move.
The Vancouver Canucks may have already made their 2020 trade-deadline play, making one of the first big splashes by acquiring longtime King Tyler Toffoli.
In exchange for the three-time 20-goal scorer (and one-time 30-goal man), the Canucks relinquished Tim Schaller, a second-round pick and prospect Tyler Madden — L.A. will also acquire an additional late pick in 2022 if Toffoli re-signs with the Canucks.
Toffoli acquisition shows Canucks believe in mounting playoff run
By landing Tyler Toffoli, the Vancouver Canucks have addressed their top-six needs. It also shows that the Canucks believe they can make the playoffs and go on a run. The post Kucherov’s OT winner against Avalanche gets Lightning 11th-straight win appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.That’s when Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning, after confirming he had surrendered Tim Schaller, a solid prospect in Tyler Madden and a second-round pick to get Toffoli from the Los Angeles Kings, announced in a press release that heavy forward Micheal Ferland is out for the season with a concussion and first-line winger Brock Boeser will miss another three weeks – minimum – with fractured rib cartilage.
With the club sitting third in the Pacific, just a hair above Calgary and Arizona, and as injuries drop a few key names off the Canucks roster, the Toffoli deal could wind up a crucial factor in whether Vancouver can make the post-season when all’s said and done.
So, where does GM Jim Benning go from here? There’s a good chance Vancouver is done for the deadline after bringing Toffoli aboard. But if the club feels more minor tinkering is needed to mitigate the injury losses, here’s a look at where they stand, in terms of who could potentially move before Feb. 24:
Not Going Anywhere
The young phenom’s ascent continues, with a point-a-game pace leaving him on track for career-highs by the end of 2019-20. At this point the clock’s simply counting down until he takes over the league.
Canucks' Boeser to miss at least 8 weeks with rib cartilage fracture
Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning said Tuesday that forward Brock Boeser will miss at least eight weeks with a rib cartilage fracture, according to Sportsnet's Randip Janda. The Canucks said Monday that Boeser is to be re-evaluated in three weeks. Boeser is seeing a specialist later this week, and Benning is hopeful he could be back for the playoffs should the Canucks qualify, per TSN's Farhan Lalji. The Canucks landed fellowThe Canucks said Monday that Boeser is to be re-evaluated in three weeks.
The ‘C’ on his sweater says all that’s required about his future in Vancouver. The club’s two marquee centres are set for the foreseeable future, and as a bonus, Horvat’s on pace for a career-high in points, too.
The young sniper — who’s in the first season of a three-year deal in Vancouver — likely was an untouchable name to begin with, but a rib-cartilage fracture that’ll keep him out well past the deadline (andfor the rest of the season) confirms he’ll be sticking around.
He’s already amassed 45 points from the back end as a rookie — and is on pace for nearly 60 — leaving him in contention for the Calder and potentially even the Norris. He’s as untouchable an asset as they come.
The second-highest scorer on the roster in goals and overall points, bested only by Pettersson, Miller’s been one of the best off-season acquisitions league-wide. The 26-year-old’s playing his best hockey yet, and figures to remain in the picture for a fair while.
Bruins’ trade targets being picked off in front of them
In order to make an impactful deal, Bruins GM Don Sweeney may have to get creative, since the NHL trade market has become less friendly. In the last two days, three potential targets (Tyler Toffoli, Blake Coleman, and Brenden Dillon) found new homes, and two teams competing with the Bruins for home ice in the playoffs (Tampa and Washington) made significant moves. Not only that, but injuries have given contenders reason to pay prices the Bruins might not.Sweeney wasn’t as interested in Toffoli as Vancouver GM Jim Benning.
Injury issues have limited Ferland to just 14 games so far this year, and he’s now out for the remainder of 2019-20 recovering from a concussion. He’d likely stick either way, but certainly does with the injury in tow.
He’s only just arrived, and should be a key addition to the Canucks’ top six, regardless of where he slots in.
The 33-year-old rearguard remains a crucial part of the Canucks’ cause, leading all skaters in ice-time and providing a veteran presence for the team’s young blue-liners.
Myers is only one year into a five-year pact he signed with the Canucks last year. He also has a no-move clause, giving him full control over his situation.
The 30-year-old has blossomed into a bona fide No. 1 for Vancouver, and with a .918 save percentage and 11.86 GSAA, he’s giving Vancouver everything they need in that role.
(Likely) Not Going Anywhere
He’s proven a valuable piece of the Canucks’ future, showing flashes of potential through his 110 games in the big leagues, and putting up a career-high 27 points so far this season. He most likely remains in the Canucks’ mix, but if a bigger deal is on the table, perhaps his name is one that winds up included.
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The veteran is perhaps more expensive than other potential bottom-six options, but has carved out an important role in Vancouver. If they needed to move salary, his $3-million cap hit might be an option, but for the time being he’s a key role player for the club — and has some control over his future with a modified no-trade clause.
Much the same as Beagle, Roussel has some no-trade control over any potential deal and plays an important role among the bottom-sixers — in this case, bringing a bit of sandpaper to the forward corps.
His first extended stay in the big leagues has gone well, and there’s no reason the Canucks need to part with him at the moment. Should a club desperate to shake up their tandem come calling, it could be possible, but what seems more likely is the 24-year-old remaining in the picture for the time being.
The former Maple Leaf seemed to hit his stride at the NHL level last season, and has 19 points on the year this time around with UFA status looming. But a fractured kneecap sidelined him in late December, keeping him out, and likely negating any potential deadline deal.
The same goes for bottom-sixer Tyler Motte, who’s performed well in his role ahead of hitting RFA status this summer. A shoulder injury knocked him out of the lineup in late January, and his four-to-six-week timeline from early February leaves a couple more weeks to go before a potential return, well after the deadline.
2020 NHL Trade Deadline Primer: Vancouver Canucks
A trade-deadline seller for most of his time in charge of the Vancouver Canucks, general manager Jim Benning couldn’t wait to be a buyer this season. It puts the team in an interesting situation ahead of Monday’s deadline. Iain MacIntyre breaks down the roster with this deadline primer. The post Justin Bourne weighs in on the trade deadline, Coyotes struggles, and the Leafs appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.Benning made his big move on Monday when he acquired winger Tyler Toffoli and his expiring contract from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for college star Tyler Madden and a second-round draft pick.
Ditto for Fantenberg, who’s dealing with a concussion at the moment and remains on the injured reserve. The 28-year-old looked good on the Canucks’ back end before he was felled by injury, and should be a good addition once he returns from the IR.
Probably Safe, But It’s Possible
The 30-year-old is no stranger to the rumour mill, with the league’s obsession with right-handed defenders often pulling Tanev’s name into discussions of potential trade targets. That he’s a pending UFA adds a little more possibility to the situation (though Tanev has some control over his future with a limited no-trade clause), but at this point it seems the Canucks would benefit more from keeping him in this mix as they push for a return to the post-season.
Also a name that’s come up in past rumours, and also a pending free-agent (though of the RFA variety). Virtanen’s been in the mix so long, it’s easy to forget he’s just 23 years old. He’s already put up career numbers in 2019-20, and is all the more important right now given the team’s injuries up front. He more-than-likely stays, unless a larger, can’t-miss deal is put on the table.
The team’s recent blue-line additions have meant a reduced role for Stecher, who saw his average ice-time drop from over 19 minutes last season to around 15 this season. He’ll also be an RFA this summer and due for a raise from the $2.35 million he’s making in 2019-20. Allowing the 25-year-old to continue growing with the organization seems the better bet, but he’d certainly draw some intriguing offers if the team does opt to go in that direction.
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Injuries have thrown a wrench into Sutter’s time in Canucks colours, particularly over the past couple years. He’s still been a useful piece when in the lineup, but does count a decent amount against the cap relative to his role. That said, a limited no-trade clause gives him some degree of control over his destiny as well.
There’s no question it would benefit the club to get out from under the Eriksson contract, as has been the case for some time. If it’s possible, it’ll happen, but with the 34-year-old only putting up 10 points on the year so far, that still doesn’t seem likely.
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Could Be On The Move
The veteran endured a lengthy stint in healthy-scratch territory this season before getting back into the lineup more recently. He can still be of use for the Canucks on the blue line, but given the time in the press box, the possibility for a fresh start for both sides could also be on the table.
More Likely To Move
With the Canucks already having swung what’s likely their primary deadline deal, moving out multiple pieces to bring Toffoli into the fold, there are no clear pieces sure to still move or deals they’ll need to make.
Canucks' Troy Stecher philosophical on trade deadline buzz .
“It is what it is,” Troy Stecher said Friday afternoon of his name surfacing in NHL trade deadline day speculation. “I have a job to do, to come to the rink every day and put my work boots on. So, had a good practice today with the boys and excited for tomorrow (Saturday night’s game against the visiting Boston Bruins).” The 25-year-old defenceman is a pending restricted free agent this summer and with the Vancouver Canucks’ looming cap crunch, it seems almost certain he’ll be wearing different colours next fall — if not sooner.