Canucks Still In The Market For Another Flames Player

The Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames pulled off a huge deal that both sides seem to like a ton. This was the second deal between the two teams this season. The first involved Nikita Zadorov since he had requested a trade from the Flames just prior.

According to Darren Dreger, Chris Tanev was originally part of the Lindholm trade, but the two sides are going to continue working on completing a separate deal that sees Tanev head to the Canucks. This is no confirmation that a trade is going to happen between these two sides as there was a reason why he was taken out of the Lindholm deal.

So why would the Canucks want another important defenseman? Tanev is potentially the best right-shot defensive defenseman available this season and has no commitment past this season as he is a UFA. That means there is the potential for more cap retention. One of the problems the Canucks have recently ran into is Carson Soucy's injury that will keep him out for weeks. There have been more than enough injury issues for the Canucks this season, so acquiring Tanev would not only allow the team to push Tyler Myers down to the third pairing, but also have much better depth going into a win at all costs playoff run.

Since the Canucks have already paid the price to bring in multiple pieces, why not go even further to ensure that nothing hinders their chances at the Stanley Cup? They are first in the entire NHL and this is their year to go for it. The Canucks aren't messing around and it only makes sense that the Flames should sell their UFAs as they are out of a playoff spot and retooling once again.

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