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Possible Deal Brewing Between Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks

The Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks are rumored to be talking about a trade that would include Jake Virtanen and Danton Heinen.

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There’s some news and speculation on Saturday that includes talk of a potential trade between the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks. Multiple reports suggest the two teams are talking, but it’s not clear if those talks have calmed or if there are future conversations in the works.

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Harman Dayal and Thomas Drance of The Athletic wrote that the Canucks and Ducks might be linked as trade partners in a deal that would see Jake Virtanen head to Anaheim. They write:

Jake Virtanen has been in the centre of trade rumours this week, with Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman noting on 650 this week that he’d heard Virtanen linked to the Anaheim Ducks — but that the second contract of Virtanen’s deal was a bit of a stumbling block for Anaheim.

Drance added in a tweet Saturday afternoon, “I do think [Danton] Heinen was the Canucks’ target in a potential Virtanen deal with Anaheim.” He notes, “Even if that deal isn’t completed, that tells us a lot about this club’s priorities. Canucks aren’t going to just dump Virtanen to get off his 2021-22 money, they’re looking for a real return.”

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Jake Virtanen Vancouver Canucks

Could Be More Pieces than Just Virtanen for Heinen

Pierre LeBrun then responded to Drance’s tweet and confirmed that Heinen and Virtanen have been discussed but noted, “if both teams decide to move forward in talks, probably not a 1 for 1 deal…” LeBrun believes another component would need to be added to the trade to make the money work.

It wasn’t clear if talks were done for good or if the two sides would continue working towards trying to get a deal finalized.

Rick Dhaliwal of The Athletic added, “Certainly hearing Canucks and Ducks are still talking about a Virtanen trade. The Langley kid Danton Heinen’s name has popped up.”

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