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Vancouver Canucks Captain Quinn Hughes Asks For A Trade

Published January 30, 2024 at 7:00 PM
BY SAMER
     
The Vancouver Canucks, currently leading the NHL, are considering potential improvements to their roster as the trade deadline nears. They are reportedly "all in" and team captain Quinn Hughes has approached team management with a specific demand.

Vancouver Canucks Captain Quinn Hughes Wants Chris Tanev Back



One area of focus for the Canucks is securing a right-shot defenseman, and an old acquaintance, Chris Tanev, who played ten seasons in Vancouver, has emerged as a potential target. According to reports from ChekTV's Rick Dhaliwal, Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes has expressed his support for acquiring Tanev, highlighting his positive impact both on and off the ice.

«Quinn Hughes has gone to bat for him this year and told management that Tanev is a guy you guys should target,» said Dhaliwal. «And Tanev loves Vancouver, I know for a fact that if he became a free agent July 1st, Vancouver would be very, very, very, very high on his list of potential places to go. But how do you get him out of Calgary?»




Tanev played a significant role in mentoring younger players during his tenure with the Canucks, fostering a positive team dynamic. Hughes, in particular, has spoken highly of Tanev's influence, and the veteran defenseman's return to Vancouver is viewed favorably by the team.


Despite being 34 years old, Tanev continues to be a valuable contributor on the ice. Currently playing for the Calgary Flames, he logs top-four minutes, averaging 19:28 of ice time per game. Tanev is known for his adept defensive skills and has been frequently matched against top-tier opposition, showcasing his shutdown capabilities.


The potential addition of Tanev to the Canucks' defensive lineup could create a formidable shutdown pairing, potentially alongside players like Nikita Zadorov, Ian Cole, or Carson Soucy. This strategic move might allow Hughes and Hronek to face less challenging competition, reducing their defensive workload.

Alternatively, Tanev could be paired with Hughes again, providing leadership and defensive stability. However, given Tanev's age, managing his ice time to maximize effectiveness will be crucial.


Despite the positive aspects of adding Tanev, potential obstacles include the acquisition cost and fitting his salary under the cap. Rumors suggest the Flames may seek a first-round pick for Tanev, posing challenges for the Canucks in terms of investment. Additionally, maneuvering the salary cap to accommodate Tanev might require corresponding roster adjustments.


Overall, the team is actively exploring options to enhance its roster for a potential Stanley Cup run.
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