Canucks Rumors: 3 Top-Six Forwards Who Could End Up Traded to Vancouver

The Vancouver Canucks are going for it this season as the team has surprised many and has found their groove. President of hockey operations Jim Rutherford and GM Patrik Allvin have been aggressive on the trade market looking for ways to improve their hockey club and they've made their intentions rather public this time around.

According to Rutherford, the Canucks are looking to make a splash near the top of their lineup:

I think as we speak, if we were able to add another top-six forward, that would give us a better chance. And you know, we'll watch the defense as we go along here. But you know, for the most part, our defense has done a pretty good job.

There's plenty available ahead of the March 8 deadline this season so if the Canucks are willing to meet the demands of significant asking prices, they could fulfill their aspirations. Three forwards to consider as trade targets in Vancouver:

Jake Guentzel, Pittsburgh Penguins

Allvin and Rutherford know Guentzel better than most and with the Penguins not close to a contract extension and fighting for their playoff lives, there's a very good chance if things don't turn around quick, Kyle Dubas will move his scoring winger. The two execs have a very good relationship and have done business together in the past. 

Vladimir Tarasenko, Ottawa Senators

While Tarasenko's numbers aren't on the same level as Guentzel, he has Stanley Cup experience and has played pretty well on a very bad team in Ottawa. The Russian forward holds trade protection so he'll have all the say in the matter, however should be open to joining the Canucks.

Frank Vatrano, Anaheim Ducks

A surprise entry, Vatrano has another season left on his contract at a very reasonable $3.6 million. We've seen Verbeek make bold moves of late and there's been talks just about anything is on the table in Anaheim. Vatrano has recorded 20 goals and 30 points in 41 games this season and could fetch the Ducks a top prospect and high draft pick in return.

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