3 Potential Trade Destinations for Canucks' Bo Horvat

The Vancouver Canucks have been one of the disappointments so far this season and it sounds like some major changes are eventually coming. Captain Bo Horvat in particular has been in the media a ton of late, and it's not because he's scored 14 goals in his first 17 games. Contract extension talks are going nowhere and Horvat doesn't have any trade protection. The pending free agent has become one of the best players on every insider's trade list; here's three potential trade destinations for the Canucks' captain:

Detroit Red Wings

A heavy favorite at this point, the Red Wings love Horvat and will be heavily in the mix. General manager Steve Yzerman has a slew of young NHL roster players to choose from and lots of capital in his prospect's cupboard, so expect to see the Red Wings among the favorites until the very end. There's even been reports Detroit would be comfortable moving Dylan Larkin in a separate deal, just to make room for Horvat long term.

New York Islanders

The Islanders would love to get their hands on Horvat as they've been searching for a top-six forward for months. The Isles are a fan his maturity and two-way game and could provide the Canucks with a trade package they can't refuse. Some feel Horvat's trade return will be more than Patrick Kane's this season. The Islanders have missed on a ton of big names of late, let's see if they can finally get one right in Horvat.

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets are already looking towards next season and could have visions of Johnny Gaudreau and Patrik Laine lining up with Horvat down the middle. Columbus has the cap space to make it work, along with a ton of young NHL ready forwards and defensemen who could entice Canucks management to make the trade. Expect to see two high-end NHL ready players heading to Vancouver along with at least one top draft pick. Vancouver won't be shy to make this trade, so expect to see something long before the trade deadline as they'll try to get a jump on the market.

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