The deadline picture is getting clearer and clearer and it appears that one forward will, once again, have to pack his bag and move at the end of February...
According to the latest TSN Hockey trade bait board, Vancouver Canucks veteran forward Thomas Vanek will be on the move again as he is now the prime candidate to be traded at the deadline for a second straight year.
The 33-year-old was acquired by the Florida Panthers from the Detroit Red Wings at the deadline last season, but Florida finally missed the playoffs.
Vanek's is playing on a one-year, $2 million contract with the Canucks and has recorded 12 goals and 29 points in 43 games this season.
Not bad, right? Not so fast... According to NHL insider Pierre LeBrun, Vanek's past might still be holding back his trade value on the market.
"I think he's been decent this year," LeBrun recently told TSN Radio 1040 Vancouver. "But the reality is teams are absolutely concerned about what happened in Montreal with him... where he went to a no-show in the playoffs. It hurt his market value."
Not scaring off the Bruins...
The Boston Bruins did not have the expected start to the 2017-18 season, but have gone the extra mile to go up in the standings and remain in playoff contention, despite several injuries that has affected the roster.
Now, GM Don Sweeney is looking at the market to make sure the Bruins keep competing for a playoff spot and can enjoy a long run.
Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe recently reported the Bruins have a right wing and a left-side defenseman on their post-holiday freeze wish list, and might already have a place to shop for the forward.
Shinzawa suggests the Bruins go looking in Vancouver as Vanek could address that right-wing need and bring some playoff experience to the table. Vanek has played in the postseason six times over his NHL career, most recently with the Minnesota in 2015, when he recorded four assists in 10 games.