With just over $ 15 million in cap space per CapFriendly, it may seem like the Canucks have enough cap space, but once you factor in the new bids for competitive bidding in waiting Quinn Hughes and Elias Pettersson, this pillow goes away quickly. Therefore, General Manager Jim Benning today acknowledged to Patrick Johnston of the Province of Vancouver that he is “Try to move money”. If Vancouver hopes to add an impact player to their roster, it will be necessary to close a contract. Defender Nate Schmidt has been speculated as a business candidate for the past few weeks and carries a cap of $ 5.95 million for four more years and certainly looks like someone they would swing to free up room after a tough first season with the team.
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- In a separate interview, this time with Sportsnet’s Iain MacIntyre, Benning has indicated that they are not ruling out the winger’s buyout. Jake Virtanen, saying it’s “Too early to tell”. The window to buy someone out before the expansion closes, but waivers will be allowed on the 22nd, which will allow enough time to go through this process before the first window closes on the 27th; there is a second window which could also open depending on the arbitration files. Virtanen has had a tough year on the ice with just five goals in 38 games, barely the type of comeback worthy of a $ 2.55 million AAV. Virtanen’s buyout would only result in a cap fee of $ 50,000 next season, which would give Benning some flexibility to work with.
- Some teams are interested in the goalkeeper Braden Holtby, report Thomas Drance and Rick Dhaliwal of The Athletic (subscribe link). The veteran has had a disappointing first season in Vancouver, posting a career-worst 3.69 GAA as well as an SV% of 0.889 in 21 games last season, so teams would undoubtedly consider him a candidate for the rebound for a low purchase price. Holtby still has a year on his contract with a $ 4.3 million AAV, but a salary of $ 5.7 million, so some form of retention will likely be needed to facilitate a trade.