MAJOR | Insiders hints at a major sign-and-trade deal: Canucks could be in on it

Published June 18, 2023 at 10:32

It's already happened, Damon Severson was moved weeks before hitting free agency in a sign-and-trade move. The defenseman signed a massive max-term deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

It was reported the other team that has contacted the Devils for a similar trade were the Canucks. Allvin was out of luck on this one as he fell short to Jarmo Kekalainen (Columbus' GM). However, Elliotte Friedman dropped a big piece of information regarding a player who the Canucks held in high-regard, a now two-time Stanley Cup Champion, Ivan Barbashev.

The Golden Knights won't be able to re-sign Barbashev due to their salary cap, but the Insider reported that there were ongoing discussions suggesting another sign-and-trade deal where the two-way centerman would fetch an 8-year-deal.

It was already repored that Patrik Allvin and the Canucks were very high on Barbashev. He's represented by Dan Milstein, who grew a very important relationship with the Canucks over the past year (also represent Andrei Kuzmenko), but he also fills every boxes for the Canucks.

Physical two-way centerman, kills penalties, plays a gritty game and obviously knows how to win when the stakes are high he'd be a perfect addition to the team. He registered 60 points in 81 games in 2021-2022 and 45 in 82 this season. Barbashev will turn 28 in December, inking him to 8 years may be a risk moving forward. However, it may be a risk the Canucks have to take if they intend to attrack him to Vancouver, is the risk worth it? Or should they stick to a lesser term?
June 18   |   1526 answers
MAJOR | Insiders hints at a major sign-and-trade deal: Canucks could be in on it

How many years should the Canucks try and offer Barbashev?

4 years max78951.7 %
8 years, make him choose Vancouver976.4 %
5-6 years is a stretch24616.1 %
Don't need him, let him go elsewhere39425.8 %
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