Updates on the Canucks & Flyers – May 8, 2017
Should the Vancouver Canucks shop the Sedin twins? Should the Philadelphia Flyers move Sean Couturier? Read on for the latest.
THE PROVINCE: Jeff Paterson believes it makes no sense from any angle for the Vancouver Canucks to trade aging stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin. With this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs once again reminding us the postseason is a young man’s game, he doubts there’s any NHL general manager who thinks adding “a pair of soon to be 37-year-olds is what his team is missing to get it over the hump.”
Paterson doesn’t think there’s a GM willing to part with draft picks or prospects to acquire the duo. He also points out the twins hold no-movement clauses and say they want to remain with the Canucks for as long as the team wants them, while management stated they won’t move the duo unless they ask to be dealt.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While I think there could be some interest in the Sedins by next year’s trade deadline, especially if they put up decent numbers, I doubt there’s a deal to be had. While they’re still effective forwards, their best seasons are now well behind them. Sure, never say never, but I expect the Sedins will play out the final season of their contracts with the Canucks.
CSNNE.COM: Tom Dougherty, Jordan Hall, and Greg Paone agree the Philadelphia Flyers shouldn’t trade their first-round pick (second overall) in this year’s NHL Draft. While they expect GM Ron Hextall could listen to offers, they don’t believe he’ll move that selection, believing he’ll use it to select Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischier.
The trio also discussed the theory that having that second-overall pick could make center Sean Couturier expendable. While this scenario is an intriguing possibility, they feel Couturier isn’t going anywhere. Instead, he’ll likely start the season as the Flyers’ third-line center, where he seemed to thrive after the club acquired Valtteri Filppula at the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Couturier is also signed through 2021-22 at an annual cap hit of $4.33 million. That’s a lot of money to invest in a potential third-line center. Still, he provides invaluable two-way depth for the Flyers. If they select Patrick or Hischier, either could blossom into a first- or second-line center. They could then keep Couturier on the third line.