ColeTr11 Posted February 6, 2017 Share Posted February 6, 2017 To Van: Tor 2017 1st , 2017 3rd, Nikita Zaitsev To Tor: Chris Tanev, Tate Olson, 2017 4th Explanation: Toronto is having a hard time keeping the puck out of their own net. They're currently 20th in goals against average. They can score, power plays good, but they need that defencive touch and Reilly cant do it all by himself. Gardner is better suited as a top 4 anyway so insert Tanev, who is not only a shut down defenceman but is on a stellar contract for a few years to come. Not only that but Tanev being right handed to compliment Reillys left is a bonus. Tate olson as possible depth defenceman is an added bonus. Tanev is entering his prime, and the canucks as a group need a few more years of retooling to become cup contenders again. Also sending Tanev to the east is a bonus. This way these two picks accelerate our rebuild, potentially bringing in another blue chip prospect. Although they currently sit 15th in the league just outside a lottery slot, Benning so far has had a keen eye for talent where little is to be found (Boeser, Tryamkin, Gaudette) and hopefully dupe the critics who say its a weak year. The Canucks also get to protect one more key player, and get Zaitsev on a cheap soon to end contract. Toronto gets the defencive nudge they need to possibly make the playoffs, and Vancouver get good again that much faster. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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