TSN’s Lebrun Reports Canucks GM Jim Benning After Scoring Winger

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Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning

Nov 1, 2016

By Patrick Johnston, The Province

Well, really, who wouldn’t want to add a 20 goal scorer to their lineup?

With his team struggling to score, TSN’s Pierre Lebrun reports Canucks GM Jim Benning is  after a scoring winger. Even after their early big-money splash signing of Loui Eriksson, the Canucks spent much of the summer hoping to land another scorer.

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The Canucks don’t really have many trade chips. They’ve got their prize prospect trio of Thatcher Demko, Brock Boeser and Olli Juolevi, though it’s hard to imagine the team moving any of them, given how bare the cupboard is otherwise.

The Canucks don’t really have many trade chips. They’ve got their prize prospect trio of Thatcher Demko, Brock Boeser and Olli Juolevi, though it’s hard to imagine the team moving any of them, given how bare the cupboard is otherwise.

There’s also defenceman Chris Tanev, who’s well-rated around the league. The emergence of Troy Stecher means the Canucks are again in a nine-man pickle on defence. Tanev looks ready to return to action, so a move is expected; can they really send Stecher back to the AHL after his strong first week in the NHL?

The team has been reluctant to expose Alex Biega to waivers, and Nikita Tryamkin can choose to return to the KHL instead of a minor league demotion, something we know he’s opposed to.

The team is committed to Luca Sbisa and Philip Larsen so it’s hard to see them going anywhere either.

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The thing about finding a 20 goal scorer: they don’t grow on trees, but there were three guys available this summer who fit the bill and all three ended up signing for very affordable numbers.

Brandon Pirri didn’t sign with New York until late August, and although both Eric Staal and PA Parenteau were snapped up early in free agency, neither signed for a big contract.

Combined, the Staal ($3.5 million, 3 years), Parenteau ($1.25 million, 1 year) and Pirri ($975,000, 1 year) contracts total less than the $6 million, 6 year contract signed with Eriksson.

Parenteau, who scored 20 goals with the Leafs last season, signed with the Islanders this summer but was waived at the end of training camp as is now with New Jersey.

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Stars could use a goalie

That was the other interesting item from Tuesday’s edition of TSN Insider Trading: the Stars could use a more reliable goalie. They’ve got both Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen locked down to contracts through the end of 2017-18. But would they be interested in Ryan Miller?

Both Stars goalies’ cap hits are less than Miller’s $6 million, but Miller is only under contract this season. Niemi is being paid $4.5 million for the next two seasons, but he could be a reasonble choice as backup for Jacob Markstrom next year. He could also be exposed in the expansion draft, should the Canucks want to. (That of course might be the Stars’ strategy themselves.)

Source: Report: Canucks hoping to trade for 20 goal scorer | The Province

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