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Canucks News and Rumors: Miller, Benn, Top-Six Trade Talk

There is plenty of news surrounding the Vancouver Canucks as they get set to face the Edmonton Oilers to open the 2020-21 NHL season.

One day before the NHL season is set to begin and the Vancouver Canucks are preparing to take on the Edmonton Oilers to open the 2020-21 NHL campaign, some news is dropping out of Vancouver that could affect both the short and long-term planning for the organization. There is talk about a potential trade for a top-six forward, news about two players in quarantine, roster cuts and an official signing.

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Two Key Players Out Of Opener

Canucks general manager Jim Benning says JT Miller and Jordie Benn “aren’t available to us.” He added there will be more information available tomorrow, but the two players are not in Edmonton and they are not expected to play those games.

Both players are quarantining and the issue is Covid related. Miller had been staying at Benn’s Vancouver residence and it appears both players will be out for two weeks. If so, that’s 8 of the 56 games lost off the bat. Miller, was arguably Vancouver’s best player last season. He led the Canucks with 27 goals and 72 points.

This means the Canucks will take a good look at Nils Hoglander on the first power play unit to begin the regular season and hope he can fill in nicely. So too, Jake Virtanen will get a good opportunity to show that he is a top six forward in Miller’s absence. Hoglander is said to be looking good and in mid-season form. A lot of the Canucks players have been surprised with how ready he looks. Brandon Sutter said, “He looks like he’s going to be a special talent.”

Canucks Still Looking for Top Six Winger

Darren Dreger of TSN said during the TSN hockey primer special on Tuesday night that the Canucks are potentially still looking to add to their top six forward group and that Benning is not resting on the idea that what the team has internally is sufficient. The organization is confident, but the Canucks will keep scouring the market looking for a good opportunity to add.

Travis Hamonic Officially Signed

We reported earlier today that it was a matter of announcing a deal for defenseman Travis Hamonic and the Canucks did so today. The team has signed the free agent blueliner to a one-year deal.

It’s a $1.25 million contract for a single season and Hamonic is expected to get a lot of minutes. Craig Button of TSN said that he is being looked at, in some respects as a replacement for Chris Tanev, but that fans shouldn’t expect Hamonic to shelter Quinn Hughes the way Tanev did. That’s not really what he’s good at.

Reduced Roster

The Canucks (like many teams on Tuesday) announced their official roster or cuts for opening night and the team reduced their pre-season roster by seven players.

The following players have been assigned to the Utica Comets:

  • Jonah Gadjovich, Left Wing
  • Lukas Jasek, Right Wing
  • Kole Lind, Right Wing
  • Will Lockwood, Right Wing
  • Josh Teves, Defenceman
  • Jett Woo, Defenceman
  • Jake Kielly, Goaltender
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