Canucks Insiders List 4 Defense Trade Targets

The Vancouver Canucks have already pulled off their BIG move in advance of the trade deadline next month, landing center Elias Lindholm from the Calgary Flames. But that doesn't mean they're done dealing just yet. 

According to a number of sources, Vancouver is eyeing a blueline updgrade next. In fact, we know they also tried to pry Chris Tanev away from the Flames in the Lindholm trade, but things got a little too rich. But beefing up their depth on D is still a priority. 

Health has been an issue for them on the backline, with Carson Soucy having an injury-plagued season, so a depth play would definitely come in handy. With that, we take a look at four blueliners—all rentals—the Canucks could be targeting, via Harman Dayal and Thomas Drance in The Athletic.

Sean Walker, Right-shot, Philadelphia Flyers

The Canucks would have plenty of competition in trying to land Walker, as he is one of the most in-demand D-men on the market. He appears back to full health this season after recovering from a torn ACL and MCL. With a cap hit of $2.65 million, he comes in at a manageable number. 

Ilya Lyubushkin, Right-shot, Anaheim Ducks

A physical defenseman, something the Canucks are always interested in, and in fact, they had him on their radar back when he was an unrestricted free agent two summers ago. In a third-pairing role, he'd be a solid addition, adding even more grit to the backline. His cap hit is $2.75 million.

Alexandre Carrier, Right-shot, Nashville Predators

Another pending UFA, Carrier carries a reasonable $2.5 million cap hit, and also carries the puck with aplomb. He's only 27, and although he'd effectively be a rental, he'd be a reasonable extension candidate. 

Chris Tanev, Calgary Flames

The pick of the litter, Tanev is the top D-man on the market, but could too expensive for the Canucks to land now after sending off so many assets in the Lindholm trade. Tanev has a $4.5 million cap hit.