Canucks Rumors: Western Conference Team Could Reignite Interest in Connor Garland After Key Forward Injury

In the wake of Gabriel Vilardi's recent injury, the Winnipeg Jets appear to be reigniting their interest in Vancouver Canucks forward Conor Garland.

Garland, a right-shooting forward known for his versatility and offensive prowess, has caught the Jets' attention before.

Last season, the 27-year-old scored 17 goals and 46 total points across 81 games played with the Canucks.

However, his relatively high salary cap hit of $4.95 million had been a consideration in their previous pursuit.

Vilardi's absence creates a noticeable gap in the Jets' lineup, and Garland's skill set as a middle-six forward with an impressive track record of contributing offensively makes him an attractive option to bolster their forward depth.

Vilardi broke out last season, racking up career-highs across the board, scoring 23 goals and 41 total points over 63 games played with the Los Angeles Kings before being dealt to the Jets.

While no imminent trade developments have been confirmed, the injury to Vilardi may have prompted the Jets to reconsider their pursuit of Garland as they seek to maintain their competitive edge and address the void left by Vilardi's absence.

Whether this renewed interest will lead to concrete moves remains to be seen, as it will depend on various factors, including negotiations and the team's current roster needs. Photo Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports