Canucks & Hurricanes Complete Trade

The Vancouver Canucks have made their second trade in two days. This time around, they have acquired Ethan Bear and Lane Pederson from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a fifth-round pick.

Finally, Bear is free from what was a crazy offseason. Bear was given permission to speak with other teams to help facilitate a trade, but the Hurricanes were unable to find a trading partner. As a result, the 25-year-old defenseman has been a healthy scratch all season, naturally leading to more frustration. However, he is now getting a much-needed fresh start and is heading to Vancouver.

This is a good move by the Canucks. Bear has upside and will provide them with another NHL-caliber on defense. Furthermore, it has obviously been a disastrous year for Vancouver - both in terms of their record and injuries. Thus, bringing in Bear could provide the spark that they need to get things back on track. In 58 games last season with Carolina, Bear had five goals and 14 points. 

Pederson, on the other hand, played in 29 games with the San Jose Sharks last season, recording two assists. He will provide the Canucks with more forward depth. In four games this season with the Chicago Wolves, he had zero points. 

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