After a disappointing end to one of the better seasons in the Vancouver Canucks history everyone expected General Manager Kyle Allen to go out make some significant changes to the roster. He did not disappoint in doing so.
“We tip our hat to the impressive playoffs the Predators had and unfortunately it was at our expense in the first round. We’ve been on the other side of first round upsets when we were the 7th or 8th seed so…. it’s not a surprise and it happens I guess. However, we weren’t pleased with the results, we reviewed the whole organization and yeah, we made some moves” said GM Allen.
And make moves they did. From the time the trade calls were opened up from the league until today, the Canucks have made 15 trades. Some were moving some prospects for draft picks, small tweaks and others that would be considered blockbusters.
The Canucks started the trading season with a bang by trading another player who was considered their franchise center in Tyler Seguin. Seguin was moved to Anaheim for Brian Elliott (later traded for a 3rd), ANA 1st in 2021 (Kent Johnson drafted) and ANA 1st in 2022.
With the gaping hole Seguin’s move created, the Canucks picked up one of the top two-way centers in the league in Sean Couturier. The Canucks moved prized prospect Dylan Cozens, Barclay Goodrow and a 2nd round pick.
“We had been in talks for a bit about Seguin but needed a 2nd line center in return and wouldn’t have moved Seguin if we couldn’t get that. Once we worked a deal out with the Jets, we were pretty happy. We basically looked at it like we flipped Seguin for Couturier overall but gained some assets. We rated Kent Johnson as a top 3 pick. It basically became Kent Johnson, ANA 1 (22), CBJ 3 (23) for Dylan Cozens, VAN 2nd (22) and Barclay Goodrow.”
The trades made by the Canucks this offseason were as follows:
Vancouver Canucks trade Tyler Seguin to Anaheim Ducks for Brian Elliott, STL 2021 Rnd 1 and ANA 2022 Rnd 1
Vancouver Canucks trade Barclay Goodrow, Dylan Cozens and VAN 2022 Rnd 2 to Winnipeg Jets for Sean Couturier
Vancouver Canucks trade Vadim Zherenko and BUF 2022 Rnd 3 to St-Louis Blues for TOR 2021 Rnd 4, STL 2021 Rnd 4, ARI 2021 Rnd 7 and WPG 2021 Rnd 7
Detroit Red Wings trade DET 2021 Rnd 3, NYR 2021 Rnd 3 and WPG 2021 Rnd 6 to Vancouver Canucks for David Perron
Nashville Predators trade Wyatt Johnston and SAN 2021 Rnd 4 to Vancouver Canucks for SAN 2021 Rnd 2 and SAN 2021 Rnd 3
Nashville Predators trade SAN 2021 Rnd 3, VAN 2022 Rnd 7 to Vancouver Canucks for NYR 2021 Rnd 3 and TOR 2021 Rnd 4, NJ 2021 Rnd 7
San Jose Sharks trade SAN 2022 Rnd 4 to Vancouver Canucks for WPG 2021 Rnd 4
Vancouver Canucks trade Cameron Crotty, Jimmy Schuldt, Eric Hjorth and Jakub Galvas to Columbus Blue Jackets for Erik Gudbranson
Washington Capitals trade WSH 2022 Rnd 7 and $250,000 to Vancouver Canucks for Michael Hutchinson
Vancouver Canucks trade Brian Elliott and $250,000 to Columbus Blue Jackets for CBJ 2023 Rnd 3
Nashville Predators trade Dmitry Kulikov to Vancouver Canucks for Jacob Truscott
Boston Bruins trade MIN 2022 Rnd 4 to Vancouver Canucks for Erik Gudbranson
Vancouver Canucks trade Cole Brady to Chicago Blackhawks for CHI 2022 Rnd 6
Vancouver Canucks trade Jakub Dobes and Ryan Carpenter to Dallas Stars for Ryan Francis
New York Islanders trade NYI 2022 Rnd 6 to Vancouver Canucks for Sebastian Aho
This was the first of four articles reviewing the Canucks offseason. The next article will be reviewing the 2021 draft followed by a review of free agency and finally an overview of the Canucks roster heading into the regular season.