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Three decisions that Canucks have to resolve before the NHL trading deadline



Only 25 days to NHL's sales deadline. Things will start to move fast before anybody understands it.

The rest is another 25 days to the NHL sales deadline.

Canucks, who return to action this weekend, are in the playoffs. They also have some great decisions to bring.

In the recent past there is a team that has a story to apologize: San Jose Sharks. In the shortened period of job cuts, they stood 17-11-6 as March ended. The trade term of that year was April 3rd.

The sharks were in a much stronger position than the Canucks and still made moves that kept the future in mind. In the days before the deadline expired, they traded with Douglas Murray, Ryane Clowe and Michal Handzus and took six returns.


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They then made two trades on the day of the end of the deadline, rejecting two designs for Scott Hannan and Raffi Torres. At the end of the day they dismissed some veterans and got out of it with four drawings and were still in play.

Now, the Canucks are not like those Sharks, but the point is that you can craft craft for the future and still be creative in maintaining the competitiveness of your club.

Canuckians have three major decisions to consider in the coming days. Dive into:

Alex Edler checks Aleksander Barkov on Panthers while trying to hit Jacoba Markstrom.

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1. What do they do with Alex Edler?

If you are serious about hoping to play for this season, it seems stupid to replace your main defender.

Alex Edler works all for the Canucke, who, as we know, do not have a terribly deep or good defensive power. They are better than they did last year, but side by side Ben Hutton, there's a lot more about an improved defense system, not so much about a mutation of their defense forces.

Edler plays the best defensive hockey for his career. He is well killing penalties and for the time being the leading option for the point in the game of power.

On the other hand, a player who plays so well should draw many commercial interests.

If Vancouver's focus is on building for the future, moving Edler and making a draft choice, or perhaps an option – and you never have too much – it seems reasonable.

Edler is up in April 33 and should become an unlimited free agent this summer. Both are the challenges: first, because defensemen usually hit the wall by the time they are 35, others because you know his agent knows first and that he will be fishing for a solid job, covering more than a year or two,

It's a danger for a team like Canuck. Yes, they need quality players like Edler, but how long will it stay so good? And, is it worthwhile to miss the opportunity to bring younger talents that could help years after sunset Edler's career?


Adam Gaudette, right, and Brandon Sutter, left, celebrate Gaudette's goal in January.

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2. How will Adam get Gaudette next year?

This is a good question, but it has a short-term importance.

Adam Gaudette has played quite a lot at NHL this year. Trainers say they were happy with his progress. Entry into figures reveals that he needs to improve in the offensive end – the eye test suggests that his kick could be better – but also that he was fairly strong in defense.

He played mostly as the center of the fourth line, with wings such as Darren Archibald and Tyler Motte most of the time. They did not seek to supply and did not create much.

However, Gaudette proved enough when he was placed with more dynamic wings such as Jake Virtanen and Loui Eriksson. You can see him looking for a permanent role next season.

But there is one problem with it: Brandon Sutter and Jay Beagle block the way as third and fourth line centers.

None of the players has a lot of offensive sides, and while Sutter battles with injuries, Beagle has had strong defensive moments.

If Gaudette will stay and play, he will have to find a way to skip one of the two.

And since Canucks has a long-term vision for Gaudette, it is assumed that they have a long-term plan for what they will do with the other two defense centers.

It seems unlikely, but they have to consider the idea of ​​trading at this year's time. Surely the team outside would be interested in Beagle or Sutter's murder.

And the Canucks are in a strong position for salaries so they can withhold half of one of their wages.

It is allowed to wait until the summer to agree, but the prices are better in the trading time.


Loui Eriksson has not achieved much points lately.

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3. How can I solve the problem of scoring the wings?

It is clear that the Canucks want to find another attacker who will play with Elias Pettersson or Bo Horvat.

They do not have to solve this problem before the deadline for trading, and it would have been wise to wait until the summer, but what is obviously lacking in the prospecting department is a top player.

Of course there are hopes for the current Utica Comets wings Jonathan Dahlen or Kole Lind, but Dahlen was so-in his first season in North America, while Lind just started regular seat at Comets AHL set.

It looks like the Canucks will look elsewhere for such a player. They hoped that Loui Eriksson would be such a winger, but he fell into his 30's and is now basically solid, albeit rude, checking his wings.

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