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LATEST | Trade completed with the Red Wings under a year ago: Insider breaks down how it happened

Published November 23, 2023 at 8:29 PM
BY FELIP GOSSELIN

A little under a year ago, Patrik Allvin came up huge for his Canucks and pulled a blockbuster deal out of nowhere. In a deal with the Red Wings' GM Steve Yzerman, the Canucks acquired one half of what's developing to be one of the deadliest NHL duo.

THE PIECE QUINN HUGHES NEEDED

While the current belief was that Hughes and Hronek would be better playing on separate duos, they've been displaying a whole different show on the ice. Since the two have been paired up, the Canucks have been the team with the most production from their blueliners.

Frank Seravalli was on Canucks Army earlier and revealed that the interest for Hronek goes way beyond the trade deadline last year.


According to the insider, the Canucks had Hronek as a target about 18 months ago and then called Yzerman to ask about his availability. The Wings weren't willing to part way with him them, up until last year's deadline when he called back and laid out the package he wanted for his then 25-year-old right-handed stud.


A DEAL THAT'S PAYING OFF

The Canucks ended up sending a first round selection (Axel Sandin Pellika) and a second round selection (Felix Nilsson). Whether the Canucks came out ahead will only be determined once the two prospects develop, but for now, it's hard not to see Hronek's strong impact on the team.

A two-way force, he's been elite at both ends of the ice and definitely adressed a problem in Vancouver. He has managed a goal and 18 assists through the first 20 games this year on pace to beat hit career high 39 in 64 he put up last year.
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LATEST | Trade completed with the Red Wings under a year ago: Insider breaks down how it happened

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