As far as likely destinations for Nikita Zaitsev go, we probably should have penciled the Canucks in from the very beginning due to their puzzling attempt at a rebuild on the fly. If you’ve kept up on trade rumours over the last few years, it seems Jim Benning has been in on just about every “available” name out there at some point, even going as far as tampering for then-Canadien P.K. Subban when he hit the block before being dealt to the Predators. He’s always looking to make a move, good or bad.
So yeah, it shouldn’t come as much surprise that a team with one defenceman locked into a contract beyond this upcoming season might be looking to add to their back end. And given Benning’s questionable track record, the idea of an overpay to get the mobile but ineffective Zaitsev seems like it could be in the cards. The report of Vancouver’s supposed interest comes from Sportsnet 650’s Rick Dhaliwal this afternoon.
Source : #Canucks are busy working phones on the trade market. They checked in on the price for Toronto defenseman Nikita Zaitsev who is getting lots of interest.
— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) …
Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation