This is according to a pair of David Pagnotta reports from The fourth period and Rick Dhaliwal of CHEK.
On Thursday, Pagnotta reported that Schmidt was on the trading block. A day later, Dhaliwal confirmed that Schmidt wanted to be moved.
One name you will see on the list is Nate Schmidt from Vancouver. Looks like things haven’t worked out and we’re told he’s in the OR. He has 4 years left at $ 5.9 million AAV and a no-trade list of 10 teams. https://t.co/FU8d4SZLXa
– David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) July 1, 2021
Schmidt’s name has been in the rumor mill for weeks, although it somewhat died out after chief executive Jim Benning flatly denied the rumor in a interview on Donnie and Dhali on May 28.
“It’s not true,” Benning said. “He doesn’t want to leave Vancouver so I don’t know where it started. “
But Dhaliwal insists Schmidt does indeed want to be traded.
“All these Nate Schmidt business rumors,” Dhaliwal said on today’s show. “From the day the season ended, this rumor will not die. It won’t go away. It resurfaces, it goes out, then it comes back to the surface. He came back to the surface this weekend. No one told me that was not true.
“I heard the weekend again [Schmidt] wants to go out. I didn’t hear why… I tried to air it on the weekends and people always say to me, “Yeah, Rick, he wants to go out. “
Schmidt, who turns 30 this month, struggled at both ends of the ice in his first year in Vancouver. The St. Cloud, Minnesota product also scored just 15 points in 54 games – less than half the points (31) he scored in 59 games with the Vegas Golden Knights in 2019-20. He was fourth in average ice time (20:06) among Canucks defensemen, mostly playing on the team’s pairing with Alex Edler.
Schmidt has four more years on a contract that carries a cap of $ 5.95 million and a limited no-trade clause, in which he can veto 10 teams.
Relocating Schmidt would free up space for the caps, but the Canucks are already paper thin in the back. Schmidt and Tyler Myers are currently the only two full-time NHL defenders with the Canucks under contract for next season, although Quinn Hughes and Olli Juolevi are each expected to be re-signed as restricted free agents.
Vancouver has three unrestricted free agent defensemen waiting, including Edler, Travis Hamonic and Jalen Chatfield. This year, the NHL’s free agency opens on July 28.