The Vancouver Canucks have the pressing need to find players who can be used on the left wing and provide a scoring boost for the Canadian team heading into next season. The Canucks have undergone serious changes at the end of the regular season when both Henrik and Daniel Sedin announced their retirement from the game, which has pushed Vancouver to look at both the free agent and trade markets to fill the void, especially on the left side up front...
"There are two scoring roles available for next season — one on a line with Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser, the other as a replacement for Daniel Sedin," write Jason Brough of The Athletic who recently speculated on the possible left-wing scoring options for the Canucks.
While Brough is being conservative and names solutions that can be used from the inside with Sven Baertschi, Nikolay Goldobin, Jake Virtanen, Loui Eriksson and Brendon Leipsic, he also suggests one very interesting trade that Vancouver might be willing to look as a great solution for the lack of offense of the left side.
While former Canuck Thomas Vanek is a potential, Brough feels they should pass, unless they can get him cheap. However, the trade option could be Pittsburgh Penguins' swift-skating Carl Hagelin, who has a year remaining on his current contract. Hagelin has proven that he can kill penalties and could be used as a trade-deadline bargaining chip in Pittsburgh.
The Penguins are rumoured to be looking for a way to make some room on their cap space, and putting Hagelin on the trade block has been mentioned as a possibility for the past weeks now. Here is what Brough has to say about Hagelin potentially getting targeted by the Canucks:
"The 29-year-old still has a year left on his contract in Pittsburgh. But given his $4 million cap hit, the Penguins could possibly be convinced to move him for cheap. Hagelin only had 10 goals in 80 games this season, but he’s fast, he kills penalties and he’s won two Stanley Cups. Even if the Canucks had to pay a small price to acquire Hagelin, they’d probably be able to flip him at the deadline. Certainly, he has a better playoff reputation than Vanek."
In the end, it will depend on what the Penguins demand as an asking price for Hagelin...