Vancouver was thought to be a major seller with six pending unrestricted free agents, including Dan Hamhuis and Radim Vrbata at the top of the list, but the only movement in Canuck land was losing 4th line forward Adam Cracknell via waivers to Edmonton.
Hamhuis has a no trade clause in his contract, and it’s believed he wanted to stay in the Western Conference with a contending team, which likely hampered Canucks’ management in moving the Smithers native. After an excellent season last year with 30+ goals, Vrbata hasn’t been as effective this season, but it was expected that the Canucks would at least garner a mid-round draft pick for the Czech winger. But they weren’t able to make the move.
The Calgary Flames, in a similar predicament to the Canucks, managed to parlay their pending free agents into solid assets.
Jiri Hudler garnered a 2nd and a 4th round pick from the Panthers on Saturday, and they also moved Kris Russell today to the Stars for a conditional 2nd rounder and a prospect.
Other notable deals from today include the Colorado Avalanche acquiring Mikkel Boeddker from the Arizona Coyotes for a package including veteran winger Alex Tanguay, and the Boston Bruins trading draft picks for forward Lee Stempniak and defenseman John-Michael Liles