Since the TEAM 1040 rebranded as TSN 1040, Vancouver airwaves have missed Elliotte Friedman’s presence. Fortunately, today on FAN 960 in Calgary, Friedman discussed a number of Canucks related matters, including the trade deadline, and the futures of Ryan Miller, Jake Virtanen and Willie Desjardins. You can listen to the audio at this link.
If you can’t listen to the audio, this link at Fanrag contains an excellent synopsis, courtesy of Chris Nichols. The big takeaways are this:
Willie Desjardins contract status makes it likely there will be a coaching change at the end of this season.
Jim Benning’s statements about the trading deadline are intended to keep things in the market on simmer, rather than turn things into “a grease fire” (something Westy called months ago, I might point out).
Friedman believes Anaheim could take a look at Ryan Miller to back up John Gibson this playoff. While Miller’s last rental experience didn’t go well, it was because he went from a defensively poor Buffalo Sabres team to a very tight St. Louis Blues team. This year, Vancouver has been playing well defensively, so any transition will not be as difficult for Miller.
Jake Virtanen is trending toward bust territory, though Friedman knows it’s too early to definitively judge. While the Vancouver Canucks are committed to him as a first rounder, right now Friedman thinks the team and Virtanen are mixing like oil and water. I wonder if a coaching change might help reset the relationship.