Hunter Shinkaruk once said he actually liked the media side of hockey.

He was asked on Monday if that was still the case, in light of all the speculation that the Vancouver Canucks were reportedly shopping him as part of a package to the Florida Panthers for the first overall pick in last month’s draft.

“I still like it,” said Shinkaruk, Vancouver’s 24th overall selection in the 2013 draft, at UBC.

“I guess, Twitter, you look at your tweets and there’s a ton of them with all the trade talk. So that was something I guess I’ve gotten out of the way now. I know how to handle that. This is the fun part of hockey. Ever since I was young I dreamed about doing this kind of stuff, so no complaining for sure.”

After impressing at training camp and during the pre-season last September, Shinkaruk’s 2013-14 season with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL was ended by a hip injury that required surgery, which he underwent in January.

Known for his skating ability and skill, Shinkaruk said the hip is now 100 per cent.

“I feel really good about it. It’s not something that’s in the back of my mind now,” he said.

Canucks general manager Jim Benning denied reports he was using Shinkaruk as a piece in a potential trade with Florida at the draft.

He called it “all speculation.”

“I don’t know where that came from. We were never actively looking to trade Hunter Shinkaruk. This stuff gets started out there,” said Benning.

“That’s not true.”

He also said head coach Willie Desjardins spoke with Shinkaruk during the club’s weekend trip to Whistler. There’s history there between the two.

Desjardins, as general manager and coach of Medicine Hat’s WHL team, drafted Shinkaruk as a bantam player. The two have remained in communication since then, even when Desjardins left for the Dallas Stars and eventually their AHL affiliate Texas Stars.