Though the Vancouver Canucks are heading towards something of a rebuild, they decided to hold onto an asset when signing Erik Gudbranson to a three-year extension. Gudbranson was a pending unrestricted free agent that likely could have brought back at least a draft pick at the trade deadline, but was deemed too important to lose. A similar situation could be brewing around Thomas Vanek, who is also a pending UFA. Rick Dhaliwal of News 1130 has been told that the Canucks will only move the veteran forward in the right deal, and the chances of a trade could be as low as “50-50”. GM Jim Benning was clear in his press conference following his own extension that the team would be signing veterans to help develop the younger players in the organization, and Vanek fits the bill if they decide to keep him around.
Thomas Vanek Trade Not Guaranteed Before Deadline
Pro Hockey Rumors | Feb 21