Zadorov's agent gives update on his future with the Vancouver Canucks

Cooper Godin
May 24, 2024  (12:36)

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Nikita Zadorov.
Photo credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The Vancouver Canucks have a number of key unrestricted free agents this summer, a few of them that they'd like to lock up pretty soon. One of those free agents is defenceman Nikita Zadorov, who they picked up a trade with the Calgary Flames in November.

Zadorov was solid for the Canucks since the trade from Calgary and he really flourished under the team's coaching staff, led by Rick Tocchet. Keeping Zadorov around for the next few seasons at minimum would be ideal for the Canucks, if they're able to come to an agreement on money and term.
In a recent interview with Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic and TSN, Zadorov's agent Dan Milstein said that they're going to sit down with the team in the coming days to discuss his future in Vancouver. Milstein added that if the two sides are unable to come to an agreement before July 1st, then he will hit the open market and see what's out there.
"We're going to meet with Vancouver at some point in time, in the coming days, to discuss his future," his agent Dan Milstein said Thursday. "He loved his time in Vancouver. He liked the group, the management and the coaching staff and really enjoyed it there. So we'll get together with Vancouver, but I'm not sure what their plans are yet. We'll just take it from there."

He added, "If not, he'll hit free agency and we're going to be open-minded about other opportunities."

Zadorov, a native of Moscow, Russia, appeared in 54 games during the regular season for the Canucks where he had 14 points (five goals, nine assists), 102 penalty minutes and was a plus-six. He went on to add eight points (four goals, four assists) and 26 penalty minutes in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Given the Canucks' need for a defenceman like Nikita Zadorov, who is gritty, physical and can chip in offensively, and his play during his time with Vancouver this season, it seems more likely than not that he'll be back with the team next season and potentially beyond.
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