Since November, it’s generally been agreed upon that Vancouver Canucks fans have two things to look forward to this season: Brock Boeser’s Calder Trophy run and Trade Deadline Day, where GM Jim Benning would surely be able to recoup some assets for expiring contracts and veterans.
However, it’s fair to say that expectations for the deadline have since been tempered, as the Canucks re-signed defenceman Erik Gudbranson and made public statements that they might not want to or be able to trade Chris Tanev, Alex Edler, Ben Hutton or Thomas Vanek.
With that in mind, let’s go down the list and see who may or may not still be in a Canuck uniform when the deadline rolls around at 12 p.m. PST.
Vanek has had a good season for the Canucks, turning a $2 million contract into 41 points in 61 games. It’s actually favourable to what Rick Nash has done this year and while Nash got the New York Rangers a bounty from the Boston Bruins, don’t expect Vanek to get the same kind of return if he’s moved.