Elliotte Friedman hints that a team has interest in Severson
It appears a team is potentially in on Damon Severson
, according to Elliotte Friedman.
As reported on the Donnie and Dhali Show, when asked about Severson, Elliotte Friedman said that he wouldn't be surprised if the Vancouver Canucks are making a call on the Devils Defenseman.
Severson, set to become a UFA, would be interested in a market like Vancouver, according to Friedman.
Friedman didn't confirm if there's any deal in place, or if the two sides have been talking, but did note that Vancouver is a team that makes sense.
Sportsnet 650 Vancouver had mentioned yesterday that Severson does seem like a move that makes sense for Vancouver, but noted that Severson could cost around $6M a season, a tough ask for a Canucks team already struggling with cap issues.
Vancouver has been linked to potential trades for their high-priced players such as Conor Garland
, Anthony Beauvillier
, Tyler Myers
& Oliver Ekman-Larsson
, the last 2 having a no-move clause and no-trade clause respectively.
For a Severson trade to work, it's likely, if not almost certain, another contract would have to be moved. If Myers and Ekman-Larsson are tough sells, Garland, who is under contract until 2026 with a $4.95M cap hit, or Beauvillier, a UFA at the end of next season at $4.1, can both be options, whether for New Jersey or somewhere else.
Severson, 28, had 7 Goals and 33 Points in 81 Games for New Jersey this season, being a strong two-way defenseman with good playmaking and speed. Severson has spent his entire 9-year career with the Devils, but for New Jersey, Severson has become less of a need with the expected arrival of top prospects Luke Hughes
& Simon Nemec
expected to be with the big club this season or next.
There's no doubt Severson will get paid, but Vancouver, a team that Severson is comfortable with, is a tough move to give up on. This year's Right D class is seen as a weaker crop, and the Canucks, needing a big RHD boost, are torn between getting a top player and navigating a tough cap situation.