Canucks are projected to land a top trade target, amid star hasty return to game action

If you were hoping for another Vancouver Canucks move before the 2024 NHL trade deadline, you could be in luck.

3 reasons why the Canucks must trade for Jake Guentzel at the deadline

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel has returned to the rink, and as of Monday, he is skating on his own in his comeback from an upper-body injury. The Canucks will host the Penguins at Rogers Arena on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

When the Guentzel trade rumors initially surfaced, the Canucks were among the first teams linked to the outstanding winger. Despite having already traded for Elias Lindholm and Nikita Zadorov, the Canucks are allegedly still interested in trading for Guentzel. Oh, and the Canucks’ Director of Player Personnel was just watching the Penguins play against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday afternoon.

Guentzel, 29, is in his final year of a five-year, $30 million contract with the Penguins, which he signed on December 27, 2018. Jim Rutherford, the president of the Vancouver Canucks, signed him to that contract. Rutherford’s next contract after signing Guentzel went to Canucks backup goaltender Casey DeSmith. See where this is.

In any case, the Canucks will need to shed some money somewhere along the line; they have $3.5 million in cap space at the moment with Carson Soucy and Tucker Poolman on LTIR.

In any case, the Canucks will need to cut some costs somewhere along the way; they currently have $3.5 million in cap space, with Carson Soucy and Tucker Poolman on LTIR.

In other Canucks news, the team is apparently looking to trade for a bottom-six forward, specifically Brandon Duhaime of the Minnesota Wild. It’s unknown when Dakota Joshua will return to the Canucks lineup, so the organization is most likely just covering its bases in the meanwhile.

Given the Canucks’ poor salary limit predicament, it seems crazy to see them linked to big-ticket players, but crazier things have happened. Let’s see what happens.

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