Ahhh, the offseason.
That time where you theorize all these wonderful things that your favourite team could do to improve their chances of winning, just to see it all go to shit once free agency kicks off.
Perhaps the fortunes are different for the Canucks this time around because hey, the J.T. Miller acquisition at the draft last year was a massive win for this team.
Does Jimbo have any magic up his wizard’s sleeve? There’s certainly some smoke around the organization right now in terms of rumours. We cover that on the last few episodes of The Quickie.
How close is Vancouver to being Tampa?
How close are the #Canucks to being the Tampa Bay Lightning?— Trevor Beggs (@TrevBeggs) September 29, 2020
The short answer? Not very close.
They do have key building blocks though. I take a closer look at the two teams today on The Quickie: https://t.co/Z5mC0TMgQ0 pic.twitter.com/nbkTZLuBUY
Tampa currently proved that they currently have the best blueprint for winning. With that in mind, I examine how close the Canucks are to replicating Tampa’s success.
As you can imagine, there’s a long ways to go, but it’s not all doom and gloom.
Examining an Ekman-Larsson to Vancouver deal
Shout out spicy offseason rumours— Trevor Beggs (@TrevBeggs) September 30, 2020
Today on The Quickie podcast, I examine the possibility of a deal between the Canucks and the Coyotes for Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
Would you chase the defenceman in a trade?
LISTEN: https://t.co/7U0kC9HCez pic.twitter.com/4iiMJJUJbg
I made this episode before the rumours really intensified earlier in the week. Without a deal being made (yet), it’s fair to wonder whether this is a move the Canucks should chase.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to Ekman-Larsson’s salary cap hit, how much the Coyotes are willing to retain (if any) and what the return is.
Ekman-Larsson is a hell of a hockey player. However, it would take a miracle for him to be worth his contract in four to five years time.
Canucks should chase this Abbotsford boy
Should Vancouver look at acquiring another Abbotsford boy?— Trevor Beggs (@TrevBeggs) October 1, 2020
One team with serious cap problems is the New York Islanders. With Barzal and Pulock needing new contracts, this RFA d-man might get squeezed out.
I talk about that guy TODAY on The Quickie: https://t.co/QRUa3JzkI1 pic.twitter.com/4rAWESJwOb
I advocate for the Canucks to chase an RFA from Abbotsford on this episode. No, I’m not talking about Jake Virtanen.
Monday Morning Quickie: 3 Predictions for the Canucks this week
The NHL regular season was supposed to start this week. Instead, we're in the midst of silly season.— Trevor Beggs (@TrevBeggs) October 5, 2020
I make 3 predictions for what WILL happen with the Canucks this week.
My correct predictions can be heard here: https://t.co/3XEwzVjdaH pic.twitter.com/vJxscLtm38
It’s silly season, so, let’s get silly.