Since their showdown in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, things have gone very differently for the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins. The champions that year, the Bruins have managed to make it back to the Cup Final once more and have been a perennial powerhouse team in the NHL’s Eastern Conference for the past seven seasons. The Canucks? Well… let’s just say they haven’t exactly followed the same path.
The Canucks are on track for another bottom five finish in the NHL standings for a third consecutive season and all the team’s fans have to look forward to is a potential jolt in their rebuild from some deadline day trades. NEWS 1130 reporter and Canucks insider Rick Dhaliwal reporter earlier this week that the Bruins have been scouting the Canucks closely as of late, wither particular interest in young defenceman Ben Hutton.
The 24-year-old Hutton has seemingly fallen out of favor with rookie head coach Travis Green and has been a healthy scratch on several occasions this season. In 47 games for the Canucks this season, Hutton has just six assists. To say that he has struggled would be the understatement of the year. Would a fresh start in Boston provide Hutton with the kick start that his career needs?
And if the Bruins are truly interested, who could they send back in exchange for Hutton? Canucks Army writer J.D. Burke followed up Dhaliwal’s report with a theory: Hutton for struggling Bruins forward Ryan Spooner.
On paper it’s a deal that makes a lot of sense. Both Hutton and Spooner could use a change of scenery and the players would each fill a need for their respective new teams. In 32 games for the Bruins this season, the 26-year-old Spooner has eight goals and 22 points. While that may not seem like a ton, it would put him amongst the Canucks top six in scoring.
It’s also worth noting that Canucks GM Jim Benning has some personal history with Spooner and that could factor into negotiations: