Some fans were waiting on the edge of their seats yesterday, as the final countdown was on for the Holiday Freeze across the National Hockey League. The Pittsburgh Penguins were in action, and so were the Edmonton Oilers, but another Canadian team was expected to pull a move before the end of the day.
Though it did not take place on Tuesday, NHL insider Elliotte Friedman believes the Vancouver Canucks are expected to make a move shortly, possibly after the holiday break.
And of course, it involves one player who heard his name several times in the recent trade chatter: defenseman Erik Gudbranson.
“I heard you guys talking about Gudbranson. I”ve got to think that if somebody is going to take a run at him, they’re going to do it soon. I could see Vancouver being motivated to try to get something going there. I could see some team looking that if they’re going to get him, they’re going to try to go out and get him not long after the freeze ends because you’re going to want to get him playing, you’re going to want to get him into your system. I don’t think Vancouver wants Ben Hutton sitting out. I could see them being motivated to make a Gudbranson move pretty soon," explained Friedman on Vancouver's Sportsnet 650.
The 25-year-old blue liner is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The cap hit is $3.5 million on his one-year contract, and he does not have any trade protection.
We could see a move shortly Canucks fans!