Latest on the Canucks – August 10, 2016
Could the Vancouver Canucks bring back Radim Vrbata? Could they sign free agent Jiri Hudler? Read on for the latest.
TSN 1040: The Province’s Jason Botchford suggests the Canucks need for goals could result in right wing Radim Vrbata returning to the Vancouver Canucks. When it was pointed out that move would leave the Canucks thin at left wing, Botchford pointed out Loui Eriksson and Jannik Hansen can both play either wing. He believes the Canucks need scoring and they could count upon Vrbata to tally 15-20 goals.
Botchford also think Jiri Hudler could be a better choice for the Canucks. He considers this upcoming season to be a critical one for sophomore winger Jake Virtanen, who’s a good defensive forward but whose offensive game needs improvement.
NEWS 1130: Earlier this week, it was reported unrestricted free agent winger Jiri Hudler could sign with a team this week. The Canucks are apparently among the clubs in the mix.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Last week, Canucks GM Jim Benning said he’s considering all options to bring in a reliable scoring winger. He said he’s had trade talks with several teams but the discussions didn’t go far, though he isn’t ruling out revisiting those conversations.
Going the free-agent route is possible, though I think Hudler or Brandon Pirri could be better options for the Canucks than Vrbata, who’s also been linked to the Arizona Coyotes. Of course, it’ll also depend upon how much those UFAs are seeking. Benning also hasn’t ruled out inviting a UFA to a training camp tryout.
It’ll be interesting to see what Benning does. At the very least, this should provide plenty of fodder for his critics in today’s comments section…;)