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Vancouver Canucks: A Look At Trade Deadline Eve

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Prior to the Vancouver Canucks battling the Buffalo Sabres at Rogers Arena on the eve of the NHL’s trade deadline, the Canucks opened the flood gates making two moves involving two NHL defensemen. They started by trading Travis Hamonic to the Ottawa Senators and then acquired Travis Dermott from the Toronto Maple Leafs. The rumors stayed busy as the Canucks management was making moves. The Hamonic and Dermott deals could be minor deals when the deadline strikes Monday afternoon.

Rumor Mill

Rumors may be that, but trade deadline time rumors are great to follow. The Canucks have many rumors running wild, most of which surround the likes of Tyler Motte, Luke Schenn, Conor Garland, Jaroslav Halak, Kyle Burroughs, Tucker Poolman, and Brock Boeser. All signs are pointing towards the Canucks selling which some fans may be unhappy with, but the fact of the matter is the Canucks are cap-strapped and many teams are overpaying currently. A few notes for players in the rumor mill, Halak would need to waive his no-movement clause, Poolman and Burroughs are both injured, and the Canucks are still trying to work out an extension with Motte. It may hurt to see fan favorites leave but it is about time the Canucks set up for a playoff run.

Travis Hamonic to Ottawa

Early Sunday afternoon, the Canucks dealt defenseman Travis Hamonic to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a 2022 third-round draft pick. The third-round pick was originally Vancouver’s which was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights in 2020 for Nate Schmidt, Vegas then traded it to Ottawa for Evgenii Dadonov in July 2021. Now to confuse things a little bit, it belongs to Vancouver again. As for Hamonic, the 12-year veteran blueliner spent one-and-a-half seasons with Vancouver playing in 62 games and tallying 17 points. This past offseason he resigned with the Canucks for two years and carried $3 million against the cap. The Canucks managed to clear a roster spot and clear $3 million in cap space for next season as well as adding a mid-round draft selection with the Hamonic trade. Although Hamonic will be missed at times on the blueline, the cap space could go a long way for Vancouver.

Travis Dermott From Toronto

One Travis out, another Travis in. Just over an hour after the Canucks shipped Hammonic to Ottawa, news broke that the Canucks and Maple Leafs struck a deal for Travis Dermott to make his way to the west (best) coast. The Canucks managed to acquire Dermott for a 2022 third-round draft pick. Said pick originally belonged to the Winnipeg Jets and was acquired in a trade this past off-season for, yup Nate Schmidt. Dermott will fill the void left by Hamonic’s departure, the six-foot-tall defenceman never found his way into a full-time role with the Maple Leafs’ blueline, but has shown promise playing 251 games through five seasons while averaging 15:50 minutes of ice-time. Dermott is not a threat in the offensive zone but neither was Hamonic. The 25-year-old left-handed defenseman will likely slot into the Canucks third pairing for the time being.

Outlook

After the overtime loss to Buffalo on Sunday, all signs point to Vancouver selling. With the departure of Hamonic and his $3 million cap hit and the addition of Dermott and his $1.5 million cap hit, the Canucks got younger and cheaper without really losing much. At first look, it does not seem like Nate Schmidt had any involvement in the Canucks deals today but the Canucks did receive the pick they traded Schmidt for and dealt the pick they received for him. With a couple of deals done already, the question arises who will be packing their bags next in Vancouver? Will it be Halak? Maybe Burroughs or Poolman. “The Flow” Brock Boeser may even have a new home come Monday evening. No matter the moves still to come, Canucks fans will surely be glued to their TVs as well as mobile devices tomorrow.

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