Vancouver Canucks Rumors: Bear Could Get Interest From 2 Teams At Deadline

The Vancouver Canucks are not going to make the playoffs this season and will continue to alter their roster before the trade deadline to get themselves set for the offseason and next season. With players moving out, Ethan Bear could very well be one of them.

Rick Dhaliwal reported that there has been no progress in talks with Ethan Bear and Vancouver and he wonders if teams start calling on him. He brings up two teams that have shown interest in him in the past - Washington Capitals and Arizona Coyotes. Both these teams make sense considering each of their situations. Bear is a restricted free agent at the end of the season and has a cap hit of $1.8 million. He also has three goals and 11 points in 42 games this season and got a recent promotion to the top pair.

The Capitals are looking for defencemen for next season as John Carlson is the only defenceman in the NHL for their team that is signed past this season. Though Bear isn't signed, he is under team control and could make it so there's one less thing to worry about in the offseason for Washington. He is also young (25 years old) and has upside.

The Coyotes are close to moving on from their top two defencemen and will need some young bodies to come in and fill those spots. Bear is in the perfect position to play on the top pair as he has been getting reps there and playing well. He also fits the timetable of when Arizona hopes to start coming out of a rebuild as he enters his prime. Bear is definitely someone to keep and eye on over the next couple of weeks.

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