LATEST | Analyst suggests Allvin copies the Montreal Canadiens in their search for their third line centerman

Felip Gosselin
June 18, 2023  (8:17 PM)

Patrik Allvin made it clear that they'd be aiming to add depth to their defenseman group, and they'd also be looking to add a third-line centerman. It's hard to argue the fact that the team desperately needs help in those departments.

In a recent article in the Athletic, Thomas Drance drew up a plan of action to remedy to the clubs' weakness down the middle. During last year's off-season, it shocked the world when the Flames traded away Sean Monahan and a future 1st Round Selection to Montreal for future considerations. Calgary wanted to get him off their books, only to sign Nazem Kadri days later.
Drance suggested that the Canucks take a page from the Canadiens' playbook and pull a similar move. Things turned out quite well for the Canadiens, who ended up having quality play from Monahan and a 1st Round Pick only to pay his $6M salary for a year; they even could've cashed him on him and traded him for assets had he not gotten injured. Drance continued and listed potential suitors for a similar move, and it's where things get interesting:
''Big, right-handed Nashville Predators centre Ryan Johansen, a local product who has two years remaining on an $8 million AAV contract.

It's not exactly a secret that the New York Rangers might be motivated to move off of Barclay Goodrow's contract.

Anaheim Ducks two-way centre Adam Henrique is still a useful (if overpaid) piece with one year remaining on a contract with a nearly $6 million cap hit.

Mikael Granlund in Pittsburgh is subject to buyout speculation but still had 40 points this past year.

The Chicago Blackhawks need salary on their books to hit the cap floor, but the last year of Tyler Johnson's deal is an intriguing option.

One can reasonably expect either Jean-Gabriel Pageau or Josh Bailey — although Bailey hasn't played many centres this past decade — and maybe both to shake loose this summer from the New York Islanders.''

Now that the Canucks have some cap space to play with, it'll be most intriguing to see what they decide to do with it. Capitalizing on it to add assets would make lots of sense and outright help them re-garnish their prospect pool.
SOURCE: The Athletic
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LATEST | Analyst suggests Allvin copies the Montreal Canadiens in their search for their third line centerman

Who should they be targeting in a trade like this one?

Johansen4128.9 %
Goodrow2618.3 %
Henrique4028.2 %
Granlund, Johnson, Pageau or Bailey3524.6 %
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