NHL Rumors: Canucks Ask Forward to Waive No-Trade Clause

According to reports the Vancouver Canucks have contacted forward Tanner Pearson, asking for the veteran to waive his no-trade protection ahead of the deadline. So far it's yet to be confirmed if Pearson has given management the green light.

It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise considering Canucks president of hockey operations Jim Rutherford was the one responsible for Pearson ending up in Vancouver, after dealing him from the Pittsburgh Penguins for Erik Gudbranson. 

The 29-year-old Canucks forward is in the first season of a three-year deal and holds a full no-trade this season, which goes down to a modified no-trade in 2022-23 where Pearson will submit a list of seven teams he'd like to avoid. The following season the protection disappears entirely.

So far in 2021-22, Pearson has recorded 13 goals 31 points in 60 games and could provide a playoff bound team with someone who can play the wing up and down the lineup. His cap hit of $3.25 million is the biggest reasons the Canucks would like to move on from him as they are looking to lock up Brock Boeser to a long-term deal in the offseason.

So far the Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals have shown interest but at this point nothing seems to be imminent.

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