NHL Rumors: Insider Suggests 4 Trade Destinations For Canucks' Horvat

The Vancouver Canucks sit near the bottom of the standings and it's been tough sledding so far for the team all around. With many trade candidates, the team's largest, Bo Horvat has been linked to a number of teams.

Frank Seravalli mentioned the Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, and Boston Bruins as four teams that could pursue Horvat. So let's look at how each team will do that and if it's realistic.

Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche are definitely a team to watch for as they weren't able to replace Nazem Kadri's production as a second line centre from last season. Besides the top line and an injured Valeri Nuchushkin, the rest of the forwards haven't been very productive offensively.

Horvat would come at a cheaper price than it would have cost the Avalanche to keep Kadri, and Horvat is able to have some of his salary retained to make it work. He would be the perfect second line centre that could be the missing piece to a repeat at a Stanley Cup.

Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings are looking long-term as they are set to become a force to be reckoned with very soon. They should remain in contention for a playoff spot this season, but don't expect much more. That is why if they make a trade to acquire Horvat, they will want a sign and trade to make sure he's locked up.

With Horvat and Larkin as the team's top two centermen, the team will be in good hands and have strong centre depth. The Red Wings have many free agents at the end of the season and locking a piece up long-term would help make the picture much clearer.

Edmonton Oilers

It would definitely require some work for the Oilers to acquire Horvat, but it could be done. The team has a handful of wingers who either haven't produced or will have to be traded. If the Oilers were to bring in Horvat, they would then have the best centre depth in the league and finally have someone in the bottom-six able to produce points.

Horvat is second in the league in goals to only McDavid and it would make it clear the Oilers are willing to go all out to finally bring home a Stanley Cup again. Salary would have to be retained, but Horvat isn't making an absurd amount of money and is a UFA at the end of the season.

Boston Bruins

The Bruins may be looking long-term if they are interested in Horvat. Not only are they the best team in the NHL this season and would be able to use Horvat as an upgrade to their top-6, the future is unclear for David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron. Both are on one-year contracts and are 36 and 37 years old. Who knows if they choose to retire after one more run. Horvat could be a good start for the team to be able to keep the window open as they have strong pieces in net, on the blue line and at forward.

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