NHL insider Pierre LeBrun appeared on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 radio station yesterday where he discussed the possibility of the Vancouver Canucks making a splash at this year’s NHL trade deadline. While most fans and analysts expect the Canucks to ship out veterans in favor of future assets like prospects and draft picks, much like they did last season with the Alex Burrows and Jannik Hansen trades, LeBrun insists that the team may go another route entirely.
With core forwards like Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi on the shelf for awhile, LeBrun asserts that the Canucks may look to add another scoring forward or two in the short term. His suggestion? Ottawa Senators sniper Mike Hoffman.
It’s no secret that the Sens have struggled this season and contract value is always an issue with the Senators. If the Canucks are willing to take on Hoffman and his $5.18 million salary, the Sens would be wise to listen.
The 28-year-old Hoffman has nine goals and 22 points in 31 games for the struggling Sens this season and can play either the left or right wing. He’s even capable down the middle at center. Canucks fans, how good would Hoffman look alongside the Sedin twins? Or how about with Horvat and rookie Brock Boeser? The options are endless… but what’s the cost of acquisition? Canucks GM Jim Benning would be wise to hold on to his first round pick, as there’s a real good chance the team fades in the standings as the season wears on.