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1 minute ago, KariyaSakicAnderson said:

 

Don't mind Nutivaara as a player. Like Schmidt, a left shot that plays the right side.

 

Ironically he's been pushed out of the Panthers lineup by Forsling.

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5. Vancouver grinded out an impressive road trip, then returned home for a 4–0 loss to Winnipeg that featured the painful image of an injured Bo Horvat trying to get off the ice. Head coach Travis Green had no post-game update on either Horvat or Brandon Sutter (who didn’t play), which is never a good sign.

 

Last Saturday in Montreal, the Canucks’ forwards entered the game with a combined 69 goals (nice). Horvat and Brock Boeser had scored 28 of them. Take out Jimmy Vesey’s five for Toronto, and that’s 36 from the nine others. They competed hard and scored four times, but lost in a shootout.

 

The math is not good for the Canucks, but they want to compete for as long as they can before a possible deadline sell-off. They’ve taken calls on their unrestricted defenders: Jordie Benn (five-team no-trade), Alexander Edler (no-move clause) and Travis Hamonic (no-move clause). There’s also Tanner Pearson (injured) and Sutter (we’ll see), along with continuing discussions about Jake Virtanen. A lot of moving pieces. The Canucks wanted to see where their surge took them, but aren’t ruling out anything.

 

6. I’m not sure how Edler feels about things, but I do think there’s some action on Benn and at least one eastern American team asking on Hamonic (who, for family reasons, prefers western Canada). From a purely speculative standpoint, does a Jake DeBrusk/Jake Virtanen deal work at all (with whatever else gets put in there)?

I don’t sense much movement at all in the Pearson contract talks. Lousy situation for the winger, who had to wait to return home with the team before visiting a specialist and starting rehab. If he takes an immediate trip back to Vancouver on a public flight, he’s got to quarantine. Awful timing for that injury.

 

Teams are calling Jim, its time to stop slacking off and entertain these talks.

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27 minutes ago, CRAZY_4_NAZZY said:

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Teams are calling Jim, its time to stop slacking off and entertain these talks.

It's not slacking off...goodness people :picard: The TDL isn't going anywhere, Benning has plenty of time to see where the team is in the standings and see what offers are out there. Such a panicky, impatient bunch...

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9 minutes ago, Jimmy McGill said:

 A lot of moving pieces. The Canucks wanted to see where their surge took them, but aren’t ruling out anything.

 

The panick on this fan base is hilarious. Same thing happened the first couple days after free agency :picard:

 

It's not like we're seeing a billion other trades happening on other teams and we're 'missing out'. This is how TDL's function literally every year.  Most teams wait until closer to the TDL to see where they are in standings, maximize pro rated cap space, see where they have injuries/holes etc, etc. You think people would learn...

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, CRAZY_4_NAZZY said:

https://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/article/31-thoughts-nashville-move-ryan-ellis-instead-mattias-ekholm/

 

Teams are calling Jim, its time to stop slacking off and entertain these talks.

Sounds like this is going to be a quiet trade deadline, according to GM's like Murray from the Ducks and Dorion from the Sens:

 

1. “It’s quiet,’’ Murray said. “That’s the pandemic, the (flat) cap, expansion draft, would be the reasons for that in any order you want to put them in.’’

2. “I predict we’ll see a fairly quiet trade deadline, not just for the Senators but for the entire NHL, just because of the landscape for everything,” Dorion said. “It’s a buyer’s market  compared to a seller’s market. Things can change quickly, but in talking to my counterparts, I get the feeling we’re not going to see as many trades as we have in the past.”

 

Another factor is the limited cap space lots of teams face right now:

CapFriendly shows that as of the weekend, 21 teams had less than $4 million in projected cap space. The expansion draft this offseason is also throwing a wrench into things according to former executive Brian Lawton.

 

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