Breaking: Vanek on the move again at the deadline!


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The Vancouver Canucks have traded veteran forward Thomas Vanek. 

In return, the Canucks get back Tyler Motte and Jussi Jokinen in exchange for Vanek. For the entire season, Jokinen has been moving around, starting with the Edmonton Oilers, then claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Kings who dropped him back on the wire. The Blue Jackets grabbed him and now dumped him off to Vancouver in this trade. 

Despite 17 goals and 41 points in 61 games this season for the Canucks, Vanek had to wait until the last minutes of the trade deadline to find his new destination.

After initially announcing he would be in their lineup Sunday night against the Arizona Coyotes, the Canucks were to sit out Vanek as protection against injury. And it was the right decision now that this deal has taken place. 

Vanek is quite used to moving at the deadline as he has been on the move for the past several seasons. Last year, the veteran forward was having a better season before the deadline than he is now, and he fetched an AHLer and a third-round draft pick. 

Currently in the last months of his current contract, Vanek will be used as a rental, and fans were hoping to see him go as GM Jim Benning has felt the pressure for resigning UFA-to-be Erik Gudbranson.


  • Trades started pouring earlier this week when the New York Rangers pulled two of their star players, Michael Grabner and Rick Nash, from the lineup Tuesday before the game against the Montreal Canadiens.  Hours later, Grabner was traded to the New Jersey Devils for a second round pick as well as Devils' prospect Yegor Rykov.

Saturday was less agitated on the trade market as teams seemed to be getting ready for a busy Sunday, and it was. 

  • There was also 12 names, including the ones of Sens’ Johnny Oduya and Alex Burrows who landed on the waiver wire.