Canucks Would Like To Keep 3 Players In Free Agency

The Vancouver Canucks might be going through some offseason changes, but for the most part it seems like they are going to try to keep some pieces they like around. There are three names that were brought up by Elliotte Friedman on 32 Thoughts as players the team would like to re-sign.

While discussing the win for the Canucks in signing Elias Pettersson and the upcoming contract negotiation for Filip Hronek, Friedman said that he believes that Vancouver would like to keep Teddy Blueger, Dakota Joshua, and Tyler Myers (at a lower AAV). This can be done and it makes sense considering they have all been contributing players to the success of the team, even if not in a massive way.

Keeping Myers at a low cost as the Canucks hope may not be possible, but it has been discussed. Season after season, right-shot options on defense are hard to come by, and Myers would have a place on the team on the second or third pairing again if Vancouver doesn't end up going out and acquiring someone to fill that role. There will be some big contracts on the team, so it will be tough to find a true top-four defenseman to replace him at a similar cost.

As for Blueger and Joshua, they have both played key roles this season in the bottom-six for the Canucks. Blueger currently has the higher cap hit at $1.9 million AAV, which should go up on his next deal, while Joshua's next contract will see him get a lot more than his current AAV of $825,000. It is worth keeping both around, but will be a challenge to fit everyone in.

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