He wants out of Edmonton, and while reports are that Ken Holland will play hardball in any potential trade negotiations, he would be a worthy target if the price is low enough. “If no deal by Friday, Oliver is staying in Arizona.”. That could affect the return for the Bruins. Barring any … With the addition of those two, Zacha now finds himself as the likely fourth line center behind Travis Zajac. Virtanen’s value on the trade market is another reason to think about trading him. We hold his rights.” https://t.co/4mRe5Yh126, — Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) September 9, 2019. Jake wants to stay in VAN. Per CapFriendly, Ekman-Larsson is signed for seven more season with a hefty $8.25 million cap hit each year. If Bozak is gone, Stastny could fit his role or better, could play on one of the top two lines. It was quickly the early story of camp, as Travis Green voiced his displeasure with Virtanen’s play at the end of the preseason. Their 2020 first-round pick (20th overall) went to the Tampa Bay Lightning as part of the mutually beneficial J.T. I’m not sure the Bruins would actually move him, but clearly, there is a chance that they will. As a matter of fact, I'm thinking these things factor in to Virtanen as a quality buy-low trade candidate. The former set career bests across the board in 2019-20: 18 goals, 18 assists and 36 points. Best & Worst Blues’ Draft Picks Since 2010, Brendan Gallagher Signs Six-Year Extension with the Montreal Canadiens, Time for Oilers’ Puljujarvi to Turn Promise into Performance, Rangers Fall Into Pitfall Of Veteran Presence, Again, Maple Leafs News & Rumors: What Joe Thornton Would Bring to the Team, Flames & Treliving Take a Gamble on Tanev, Oilers News & Rumors: Markstrom, Barrie, Nugent-Hopkins, Condors…, Ranking Every Calder Trophy Winner Since 2005, Prospects News & Rumors: Stützle, Ponomaryov & Wisdom, NHL Rumors: Canadiens, Golden Knights, Oilers, Lightning, More. It goes without saying that Virtanen is trending in the wrong direction. Based on contracts, age, production, and team perceptions, here are some names that could be included in a deal that sees Virtanen leave Vancouver. Your privacy is safe with us. That seems like a good deal for Vegas. Although he put up a career-high 25 points last season, his defensive game was abysmal, which is why the graph shows him as below replacement level for the 2018-19 season. One thing Puljujarvi has going for him over Virtanen and other players on this list is that he’s only 21 years old. Devils GM Ray Shero to AP’s @john_wawrow on restricted free agent Pavel Zacha: “I don’t give a (expletive) if he signs with the KHL or if he signs with (expletive) Brampton. Even the Trade Bait board doesn't want him! So before I even get started I know people around the league have some negative perceptions about Virtanen. Canucksarmy is a fan site with no direct affiliation to the Vancouver Canucks, Canucks Sports & Entertainment, NHL, or NHLPA, Photo Credit: © Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports. The Vancouver Canucks are still trying to work on a trade for Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Here are some comparables for Virtanen's next contract pic.twitter.com/ailFz0j6JT. It’s unfortunate in light of the stellar fashion in which Fabbri’s career kicked off. After picking in the top 10 in each of the last four years — the Canucks figure to be relatively quiet at this year’s draft. In almost 2000 minutes tracked, he’s struggled in almost every category. Fabbri isn’t a typical fourth-liner because of his goal scoring skill, but given their depth and his lack of games played, it’s the only spot for him. Related: Unbreakable Records: The St. Louis Blues and the 1978 NHL Draft. eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'thehockeywriters_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_2',664,'0','0'])); DeBrusk is only 23 years old and will be 24 when the 2020-21 season begins, whenever that is. Since entering the league in his D+2 season, Virtanen’s basic stats show that his growth as a point-producer hasn’t unfolded as they may have hoped for a former 6th overall pick. He was making $1.25 million in the 2019-20 season and should see a raise of some sort after an 18-goal campaign. Palmieri would be a good fit on either of the top two lines for the Blues in 2020-21, and would likely be able to contribute 20 goals or more. Touted as a highly-skilled prospect for many years, Fabbri’s injuries to separate knees have caused him to miss a lot of time, including the entirety of the 2017-18 season. Since being dealt from the Anaheim Ducks to the Devils in 2015, he’s become a consistent goal scorer with over 20 goals in each of the last five seasons. Both Jake Virtanen and Tyler Motte are coming off strong seasons with the Canucks. It looked like the end of Zacha’s time in New Jersey may be up as he agreed to terms to a contract in the KHL, but both sides ended up agreeing to a 3-year contract totaling 6.75M. The first reason(s) the Canucks might look to move on from Virtanen are the off-ice issues that have been back in the news recently. Jake Virtanen is another young RFA with goal-scoring potential. New Jersey General Manager Ray Shero, wasn’t pleased with Zacha and made those feelings well-known publicly. All rights reserved. The bottom line is that the two clubs have three days to swing a deal for Ekman-Larsson. Currently, Puljujarvi is playing for Karpat in the Finnish league, Liiga, and has put up 5 points in 6 games, but his larger body of work is in the NHL where he’s played 139 games and put up the following numbers. He scored 18 goals in 2019-20, a career high for him. © The Hockey Writers 2018. This one may seem crazy, but Marchessault is 29 years old and has a large cap hit for a team that has little-to-no cap space right now. As the Seguin and Yakupov trades have illustrated, trading young players who have come with high expectations and have failed to meet them can either help or burn teams, depending on the situation. The second point on the graph, which marks the 2016-17 season can be ignored as he only played 10 games that season, which is not a large enough sample from which to draw any conclusions. Although the desire for a trade doesn’t appear to be mutual at this stage, it’s fair to assume that the Oilers have at least discussed what it might look like. It will be up to the Canucks to decide if he’s on his way to meeting those expectations or not. The best comparable to Virtanen who was dealt for picks is the aforementioned Andre Burakovsky. The injury history is troubling, but a deal bringing him to Vancouver has the potential to play out well if he can find his form prior to the injuries. Palmieri is 31st on the TSN Trade Bait board right now. DeBrusk had 19 goals in 65 games in 2019-20, his number of goals was down from 2018-19, where he had 27 in 68 games. The Canucks and Boston Bruins have been heavily linked to Arizona Coyotes captain and defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson in trade rumours. Over the last couple seasons, Palmieri has had great chemistry with young center Nico Hischier, so it is likely that the Devils would only move him for a good return. Here’s the latest on him, Jake Virtanen and Tyler Motte. Sign up for our regular 'Blues Newsletter' for all the latest.
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