Frank Seravalli has revealed the latest TSN commercial bait ranking. Two Vancouver Canucks are on the list.
The Vancouver Canucks will be one of the busiest teams during the 2020 NHL offseason as they look to build on one of the most successful seasons in franchise history.
Led by young stars Elias Pettersson, Bo Horvat and Quinn Hughes, Vancouver upset defending Stanley Cup champion the St. Louis Blues in the first round, staging a second showdown with the Vegas Golden Knights .
While completely dominated in just about every aspect, the Canucks pushed the mighty Golden Knights to seven games before running out of magic. Vegas shutout Vancouver 3-0 in Game 7.
And so ended the team’s best season since the 2011 Stanley Cup race.
Now GM Jim Benning has to figure out how he can take this team to that next level. It won’t be easy as he tries to figure out what to do with UFAs waiting in goalkeeper Jacob Markstrom, defender Chris Tanev and forward Tyler Toffoli.
With a limited cap but an incentive to move all-in after the 2020 playoffs, most expect Benning to be heavily occupied (both in the trade and free agent markets) in the coming weeks, and for good reason.
Free agency is only eight days away. Could Benning be looking to make a big trade or two before that? We will find out soon enough.
Several Canuck forwards have been mentioned in the trade rumor mill, including 2014 first-round pick Jake Virtanen (who just finished his best season yet) and veteran forward Brandon Sutter.
Both of these players are on TSN’s updated Commercial Bait List. Virtanen is in ninth place, while Sutter is ranked 34th.
Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is at the top of the list, and the Canucks have been linked at the standout blueliner in the last 24 hours. My colleague, Brayden Ursel, explored a possible Ekman-Larsson trade which you can read about here.
In order to run an Ekman-Larsson business, the Canucks would have to earn a salary. Sutter is signed for an additional season with a cap of $ 4.375 million, while Virtanen – one of Benning’s most valuable business chips – is on a pending RFA with arbitration rights.
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Needless to say, the next two weeks will be crucial for the Canucks franchise as they try to get closer to the Stanley Cup championship race.