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Important development on Kuzmenko, Canucks have made their intentions clear

Published January 17, 2023 at 9:27
BY FELIP GOSSELIN
     
Andrei Kuzmenko is another pending unrestricted free agent in the Canucks organization. While team captain Bo Horvat remains the hot topic, Kuzmenko is definitely a subject that'll gather lots of interest.

The Canucks' management was on the hot seat yesterday when Jim Rutherford stood before the media in a rare press conference. Though it had been reported that the Canucks had already given teams their ask for the offensive winger, Andrei Kuzmenko, Rutherford had great news and declared that the talks had begun. Their goal up to this day is still to retain his service and it hasn't changed.


Rutherford even added:


«He loves Vancouver. He loves the Canucks & we want him to be here»

Dan Milstein, his agent, also confirmed that his client had chosen Vancouver when he first signed his ELC. Kuzmenko loves the city, the fans, and the hot Canadian Market.

Elliotte Friedman even added on the subject when he published his 32 Written Thoughts article:

«While other teams indicated they'd love him as a rental, the Canucks made it clear they intend to keep the winger.»

If I were the GM of a contending club, I'd surely be close to this situation, especially since no extension has been signed yet. Even though he's not on the trade market, with his cheap cap hit ($0.950M), teams will definitely come knocking. Should the Canucks re-sign him? Or should they capitalize opportunity to buy low and sell high?

SHOULD THE CANUCKS RE-SIGN OR TRADE KUZMENKO?
JANUARY 17      313 ANSWERS
TRADE7022.4 %
SIGN24377.6 %
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