Insider Has Latest on Canucks Tyler Myer Trade Talks

It only seems like defenseman Tyler Myers has been the subject of trade speculation almost throughout his four-year run with the Vancouver Canucks. But it's not too far off from the truth. The rumors are rampant again this summer, but as of now, the 6'8" behemoth is still a Canuck. 

Team insider Harman Dayal of The Athletic postulates several reasons why Myers is still in B.C.:

1) The hulking defenseman has a $5M signing bonus that is scheduled to be paid out in mid-September, so it's quite likely that any receiving team would want to wait until that hurdle has been cleared by Vancouver.

In fact, as you might recall, the Canucks actually had a proposed deal on the table back in June that would have sent Myers to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for winger Kevin Labanc. The pending bonus was mentioned in the media as one of the reasons why that deal didn't get done, though there's no confirmation that that was the case. 

2) The Erik Karlsson situation. If the Sharks do finally pull the trigger and deal the Norris Trophy winner, that would leave them more in need of another right-shot D, boosting Myers' value to them. On the other hand, if they get back a defenseman in any trade of Karlsson, that could reduce their need, and Vancouver would have to look elsewhere. 

3) The Canucks might want to see at training camp what their right-shot D depth really looks like before moving on from Myers.

4) Myers has a 10-team no-trade list. That could possibly be handcuffing trade discussions. 

Overall, there are "a lot of moving parts" as Dayal notes, and any trade of Myers will likely have to wait, at least, until later in training camp in September. 

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