Why trading Chris Tanev is a must for Canucks

This Friday’s NHL draft will prove to be vital for the future of the Vancouver Canucks.

We may not see the full-scale effects of the draft until a few years down the road, but make no mistake about it, how the Canucks handle the Chris Tanev situation will be crucial.

Plain and simple, if Tanev isn’t dealt, the Canucks will be in the exact same spot two years from now wishing they had dealt him. The deal can’t wait, figuratively, and literally. Come July 1st, Chris Tanev’s “No Trade Clause” kicks in, and the Canucks hands will be tied when trying to trade him in the future.

Not to say Chris Tanev’s game won’t help the Canucks on the ice— but honestly, Chris Tanev’s game won’t help the Canucks, period.

He’s a fantastic defensemen, and under rated by many, any team that acquires him will instantly add a puck moving, smart, reliable, durable, stick-on-puck blue-liner, and the Canucks can afford to give that up. His value isn’t so much what’s on the ice, I mean, he will be Vancouver’s top pairing guy and definitely help win games, but that’s not what the Canucks are really in need of at the time. Instead, where Tanev’s true value lies is on the trade scale. By trading him, the Canucks get back young studs who may potentially be available, or possibly another pick in the top 5.

Sure, the Canucks may be losing possibly their top blue-liner, but at this stage in the Canucks rebuild, who cares? Invest in the future.

Assuming Luca Sbisa is taken by Vegas, and Tanev is traded, the Canucks blue-line could be as follows: Edler, Stecher, Hutton, Gudbranson in the top 4. Newly signed Phillip Holm who may make the team straight out of camp, and possibilities of Juolevi, Subban, Pedan, McEneny, Chatfield, and probably a UFA that the team signs.

Not really the best D-core at all, but again, the Canucks aren’t looking to be competitive.

But you know who are?

The Dallas Stars. Perhaps the 27-year-old blue liner who has an attractive $4.45 million cap hit for the next three seasons can make his way over to Texas to help the Stars finally get over the hump. Dallas is definitely addressing their D-core. It started when they brought back Ken Hitchcock as the teams new Head Coach to play a more defensive style, and continued when G.M Jim Nill pulled the trigger in acquiring star goaltender Ben Bishop from the L.A Kings. Adding Chris Tanev to help the 29th rated defence and 30th ranked P.K could help the Stars return to the post-season and show their true potential. Dallas is currently choosing at the number 3 spot in the draft, and if Jim Benning can strike a deal with Nill to move up to the third pick, may be a big plus for the Vancouver Canucks. Having two picks in the top 5 could add some serious depth to Vancouver’s prospect pool, which could potentially add another top chip blue-liner in Cale Makar, and a top centre in either Casey Middlestadt, Cody Glass, Gabe Vilardi, or Elias Pettersson. Maybe the Canucks can even pick up the contract to either Anti Niemi or Kari Lehtonen to help sweeten the deal?

Another market the coveted D-man could land is Montreal. The Habs just gave up a promising defensive prospect in Mikhail Sergachev to acquire gifted forward Jonathan Drouin. Alex Galchenyuk has been a name thrown around that may be on his way out of Montreal, and perhaps a defensemen-forward swap could be imminent. Galchenyuk, 22, has yet to reach the 60-point mark in his career, however has had a 30 goal, 56-point campaign two years ago, which may only improve.

I’m no G.M, but I don’t need to be one to know that moving Chris Tanev is the right move for the future of the Vancouver Canucks.

Let’s see how this all plays out in one of the NHL’s most anticipated off-seasons.