Vancouver Canucks still exploring trade options, while the New Jersey Devils have cap space to make a move if they want to. 


Could the Vancouver Canucks consider signing Jiri Hudler?

Could the Vancouver Canucks consider signing Jiri Hudler?

 TSN 1040 (VIA TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning said his club is still exploring all options regarding the addition of a top-six winger. He said he’s spoken “to a bunch of teams” but talks really haven’t gone anywhere.


Benning also said he’s also spoken to the agents of several remaining unrestricted free agents. He reiterated his hope of adding a 15- to 20-goal scorer before the start of the season.


Benning also didn’t rule out bringing in a player or two on professional tryouts. He declined to say if he was pursuing UFAs such as Jiri Hudler, Brandon Pirri or Antoine Vermette.


SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the available wingers, Hudler and Pirri could be the best bets. Both have the versatility to play different forward positions. At this point both could be had for affordable short-term contract. As for trades, teams with interest in pending UFA left wing Jimmy Vesey could be waiting to see where he’ll sign on August 15 before revisiting the trade market. It’s also likely Benning’s search could stretch into training camp and preseason play. 





NJ.COM: Chris Ryan reports the New Jersey Devils have the third-most cap space (over $13 million) of the 30 NHL teams heading into 2016-17. GM Ray Shero has a good amount of flexibility and approval from ownership to spend where he sees fit. However, Shero prefers to invest wisely and “at the right time.”


SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, Shero won’t be spending just because he can. That doesn’t mean, of course, that he won’t.
Shero is still awaiting the status of Patrik Elias, who is rehabbing from knee surgery and reportedly “desperate” to play one more season with New Jersey. The Devils GM could also look at who’s available via free agency for an affordable signing. It also possible Shero could wait until the season unfolds and use that cap space to address any roster needs as they emerge.