Tyler Myers Agent: Talks Encouraging, But Canucks Have “Other Priorities”

The Vancouver Canucks have some important business to take care of this offseason, with a number of big names hitting the free agent market. One of the "biggest", at least from a physical standpoint, is 6'8" defenseman Tyler Myers. His 5-year, $30 million contract is up, but despite reports of real optimism that something gets done, his agent knows that he isn't the team's top priority at this point. 

Myers' agent, JP Barry, spoke with Canucks insiders Rick Dhaliwal and Don Taylor on Wednesday. There are contract talks ongoing, but "the team needs to get together and have a plan," says Barry.

"I don't think we're first in line, so we'll have to see what happens here."

Myers, with a house in Kelowna, doesn't want to go anywhere, and he and Barry spoke to the Canucks even before the end of the season about his desire to re-up with the team. He loves the city and the coaching staff. 

The big right-shot d-man had a nice season in Vancouver, despite playing a couple of minutes less per game than in previous seasons. He notched 29 points and a career-best plus/minus rating of +16. He handed out 110 hits and blocked 136 shots. 

With 11 free agents from among those players who participated in the playoffs, those other "priorities" that Barry spoke of include pending UFAs Elias Lindholm and Dakota Joshua at forward, Nikita Zadorov and Ian Cole on defense, along with some pretty important RFAs like d-man Filip Hronek and goaltender Arturs Silovs.

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