LATEST | Former GM calls out Canucks RFA Vitali Kravtsov

Published May 24, 2023 at 1:33 PM

Vancouver Canucks restricted free agent forward Vitali Kravtsov has signed a two-year contract with the KHL's Traktor Chelyabinsk and it doesn't appear that there will be a return to the NHL anytime soon.

CHEK TV's Rick Dhaliwal says that he believes that Patrik Allvin and the Canucks will extend a qualifying offer to Kravtsov which would mean they'll retain his NHL rights until July 1st, 2027.


Following the news that Kravtsov has signed with Traktor Chelyabinsk, one of their former General Managers has called out the 23-year-old, saying he is afraid of hard work and not needed by the team.

"My opinion - Kravtsov is not needed by Traktor. Other clubs are no longer interested in him. He used to show a lot of promise, but in the end he didn't play. Why don't they call him to the top clubs, like SKA, CSKA and Ak Bars? He is coming back from the NHL."

"He's just an average player, not a star. I personally wouldn't sign a player like that to my team."

"Kravtsov is afraid of serious work and competition because he will lose it. You need to show strength of character and character, but Kravtsov does not have that." - Andrei Balandin said.

Kravtsov was the ninth overall pick of the New York Rangers in 2018 and has had a tumultuous NHL career to say the least. He refused multiple AHL assignments, was loaned back to the KHL and definitely did not living up to the expectation that he would become a top-six forward in the league.

The Canucks acquired the Vladivostok native back in February from the Rangers in exchange for Will Lockwood and a 2026 seventh-round pick.

Source: Championat
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LATEST | Former GM calls out Canucks RFA Vitali Kravtsov

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