VANCOUVER WANTS WILD FORWARD AND MAY USE SEATTLE TO GET HIM; KRAKEN REPORTEDLY SET TO LOAD ON UP GOALIES

JUL 19, 2021  (18H58)      TIM TUCKER
Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning doesn't have a lot of cash to play with in the offseason, but that won't stop him from attempting to make some moves. According to one source, the GM is very high on a forward from the Minnesota Wild who was left unprotected in the expansion draft, which may work to Benning's favour.

"Minnesota did not protect forward Nick Bjugstad," said Canucks Insider Rick Dhaliwal. "I wonder if Vancouver asked Seattle to take him and flip him to Vancouver."

Dhaliwal added the main issue is he believes Seattle is strongly considering taking Kaapo Kähkönen. In fact, Dhaliwal believes Seattle may end up taking as many as five goaltenders in the draft on Wednesday as the market for netminders if really hot right now and two of them could be used as bait for picks and/or prospects. This is where Vancouver's Braden Holtby comes in.

"Holtby's name continues...to be associated with Seattle in a lot of ways," said Dhaliwal.

"I had one source tell me he'd be shocked if he's still in Vancouver in a week."

As per the draft rules, Seattle must take 14 forwards, nine defenceman and three goaltenders. That means four other picks that could go either way. As mentioned by Dhaliwal, Vegas loaded up on defenceman during the 2017 draft, taking 13 of them in total as the market for blueliners was hot at the time. The team then flipped some of them to improve it's roster right away. It's believed Seattle GM Ron Francis is strongly considering a similar strategy with goaltenders in the draft on Wednesday.

For fans of the Canucks, Dhaliwal reiterated that GM Benning is still in the mix on pending unrestricted free agent Zach Hyman of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He stated Hyman wants a seven year deal and that might be a tough one for Benning, but he insisted the two camps remain in touch and he believes Benning will have no issue offering a four or five year deal when the market opens on July 28th.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
2021-2022 SEASON
TEAMSGPWLOLPTS
1
PANTHERS23164335
2
MAPLE LEAFS24176135
3
LIGHTNING22135430
4
RED WINGS24129327
5
BRUINS20128-24
6
SABRES23812319
7
CANADIENS25617214
8
SENATORS21515111
NHL STATS
YESTERDAY
DECEMBER 3, 2021 G A PTS
MARK SCHEIFELE
3 1 4
BLAKE WHEELER
- 3 3
NIKOLAJ EHLERS
2 - 2
MAX PACIORETTY
2 - 2
MIKE AMADIO
1 1 2
EVAN BOUCHARD
1 1 2
EVGENY DADONOV
1 1 2
LEON DRAISAITL
1 1 2
RYAN GRAVES
1 1 2
CONNOR MCDAVID
1 1 2
  COMPLETE RESULTS
NHL STATS
SEASON
2021-2022GPGAPTS
LEON DRAISAITL
+2
22212243
CONNOR MCDAVID
+2
22162642
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
24191938
NAZEM KADRI
2092130
KIRILL KAPRIZOV
2391928
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
2382028
EVGENY KUZNETSOV
2482028
JOHNNY GAUDREAU
+1
2491827
STEVEN STAMKOS
21111425
KYLE CONNOR
+1
23141125
JOHN TAVARES
23111425
MIKAEL GRANLUND
2352025
TROY TERRY
24151025
BRAD MARCHAND
1891524
TIMO MEIER
19111324
MATT DUCHENE
23131124
ELIAS LINDHOLM
+1
24101424
ADAM FOX
+1
2241923
ARTEMI PANARIN
2261723
ANZE KOPITAR
2281523
  COMPLETE STATS