Jim Benning locked up an RFA today, extending Markus Granlund for two years. Granlund, as no regular reader of Nucks Misconduct will ever forget, was acquired in February for Hunter Shinkaruk. The trade triggered poor Phantazic's epic (but super amusing) psychotic break.
According to GeneralFanager.com, Granlund's cap hit comes in at $900,000, which seems just about perfect to me. Perhaps they encouraged Granlund to accept a lower cap hit in exchange for not giving up any of his UFA years. Then again, Granlund had little leverage in this negotiation.
Markus Granlund (#Canucks)— General Fanager (@generalfanager) April 26, 2016
2 yrs @ $900,000 cap hit
Granlund is set to represent Finland at the World Championships this May in Russia.
Remaining RFA's Benning still has to deal with this summer include Sven Baertschi, Linden Vey, Emerson Etem and Andrey Pedan. However, that doesn't mean all of those players will get offers.
#Canucks have Sedin, Sutter, Horvat, McCann, Granlund under contract up the middle. This probably isn't a great day for Vey— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) April 26, 2016
Actually, I suspect Jared McCann is Utica-bound next season, so Vey might be an option for next season, at least. Personally, though, I'd like to see the Canucks pursue a better fit for the fourth line center position than Vey.
Granlund signs a reasonable deal, thus robbing us of the ability to have something to complain about. Buncha jerks all around.— Wyatt Arndt (@TheStanchion) April 26, 2016
I think we'll always find people who feel they have something to complain about with this management group. And the Granlund for Hunter Shinkaruk trade will be debated for years to come.