The Vancouver Canucks have signed college defenseman Ben Hutton to an entry level contract. Hutton was a Canucks’ 5th round pick in 2012.
In three seasons with Maine, the 21 year old defenseman has played 108 games, recording 28 goals and 37 assists.
The New York Islanders have made yet another move, sending forward Cory Conacher to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for forward Dustin Jeffrey.
Conacher, 25, may suit up for Vancouver at some point during the regular season, but for the time being, he was told to report to their AHL affiliate in Utica.
Jeffrey, 27, has spent the entire season in the AHL after signing a one-year deal with the Canucks.
Evander Kane has been traded to the Sabres in a blockbuster deal. Kane, along with Zach Bogosian and goalie prospect Jason Kasdorf go to Buffalo for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Brendan Lemieux, Joel Armia and a 2015 first-round draft pick.
The first round pick is conditional — it will be whichever of the Islanders and Blues picks that ends up being the later pick.
The Sabres will retain half of Stafford’s $4 million salary this season.
Pierre Lebrun reports that he doesn’t believe the Canucks were willing to part with either Bo Horvat or Jake Virtanen to get Kane.
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Bob McKenzie reports (via Nichols on Hockey) that the Sabres are interested in Evander Kane of the Jets. He said on Insider Trading that the Jets and Sabres have previously discussed Tyler Myers, so he may be a part of potential Kane trade. He says the Sabres could also part with either the Islanders or Blues first round pick.
Pierre Lebrun reports that the Canucks are also interest in Kane, the former Vancouver Giant star. The Canucks, still in the playoff hunt, would likely have mixed feelings about trading a roster piece for a player who can’t play this season, but if they are beaten to the punch Kane would be off the market entirely.
With the trade deadline fast approaching, the Boston Bruins are desperately looking to add a scoring winger.
According to Joe Haggerty of CSNNE, the team is interested in Chris Stewart, Zack Kassian, and Michael Ryder.
Stewart would require a modest package, while Kassian and Ryder could be had for cheap. Ryder may be an attractive piece for the team, as he has a history with the Bruins and he had good chemistry with David Krejci.
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From February 5th’s edition of TSN’s Insider Trading:
Bob McKenzie reports that any team interested in acquiring Evander Kane from the Jets will have some concerns about his health, as a team can’t make a player their top deadline priority if he will eventually have his season cut short.
Darren Dreger says that most playoff contenders would be interested in acquiring Kane, including the Penguins, Bruins, Ducks, Canucks and Canadiens. He says that any trade of Kane would require the Jets getting both immediate help and young assets that make a long-term impact.
Dreger says there has been “a ton of interest” in Cody Franson, Mike Santorelli and Daniel Winnik, with speculation that the Predators may be among those interested. He says the offers on those players will likely happen within days.
Dreger reports that the Coyotes might consider making a change with their head coach Dave Tippett, who is believed to be making $2 million per season for the next three seasons.
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Elliotte Friedman reports that he believes the Canucks would be interested in Arizona’s Martin Hanzal.
Friedman says Yotes’ GM Don Maloney‘s will likely ask for Bo Horvat plus, an asking price the Canucks would assuredly refuse.
Hanzal, 27, is signed through 2016-17 at a cap-hit of $3.1 million. He will make $3.5 million in salary in each of the next two seasons, however.
Last week, Steve Zipay of New York Newsday suggested that the Rangers should be interested in Hanzal as well, suggesting the (laughable) package of John Moore, J.T. Miller and a mid-round pick.
Rumors have been floating around the NHL that the Vancouver Canucks were interested in the Colorado Avalanche’s Ryan O’Reilly and that the team was willing to part ways with defenseman Alex Edler.
Team president Trevor Linden denied the rumors, clarifying that Edler will not be leaving the team anytime soon.
“Alex is a foundational player for us. He’s a 25-minute, all-situation defenceman that every team is looking for. We haven’t had any trade discussion involving Alex. He’s going to be a cornerstone for our organization moving forward. Alex is having a real good season. He’s a big, strong, physical guy who can match up against anybody’s top line. He’s good in his own end, he’s a good puck-mover, has a big shot. That’s the type of guy you look for. Having him bounce back has been critical to our success this year.”