Commerce hypothesis dogged Vancouver Canucks forwards Brock Boeser and Conor Garland all through final season. It was assumed one or the opposite would turn into cost-cutting candidates as administration tried to bolster the roster and liberate some cap area.
As a substitute, the Canucks purchased out Oliver Ekman-Larsson in June and traded winger Tanner Pearson final month to the Montreal Canadiens. They’re additionally anticipated to put sidelined defenseman Tucker Poolman on long-term harm reserve earlier than their season opener on Oct. 11 towards the Edmonton Oilers.
Nonetheless, the Canucks nonetheless will not have a lot wiggle room to bolster their lineup. The Toronto Star‘s Nick Kypreos believes they’d choose buying a protection companion for workforce captain Quinn Hughes earlier than the beginning of the season “in an ideal world.”
Kypreos indicated that their commerce chips stay targeted round Boeser and Garland. He is heard the Canucks could possibly be extra keen to retain some wage on sure gamers in comparison with final season.
Boeser carries an annual common worth of $6.65 million by means of 2024-25, whereas Garland’s is $4.95 million by means of 2025-26. They each lack no-trade safety, giving administration loads of flexibility as to potential commerce companions.
Contemplating the excessive variety of groups maxed out on cap area this season, the Canucks must retain wage to maneuver Boeser or Garland. Failing that, it must be a dollar-in, dollar-out deal.
It is unlikely the Canucks will peddle Boeser, Garland or every other potential commerce chips anytime quickly. Administration will as a substitute spend the opening weeks of the season gauging the membership’s efficiency earlier than deciding if any important strikes are essential.
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