Coming into the 2017-18 season, the Vancouver Canucks were picked to be towards the bottom of the Pacific Division. When the season started, however, they put up a great fight. At one point, they were in the top three in the division. But things did not stay that way.
With 48 points, the Canucks are nearly mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Unless they go on a massive winning streak and everyone else losses seven straight, the odds are against Vancouver. And, with less than $1 million in cap space, it is time they sell.
According to Jason Botchford, who follows the Canucks, the Nashville Predators had interest in Thomas Vanek last summer. Of all the names being floated, Vanek leads in points with 37. Fifteen of those are goals, which compares well to Max Pacioretty and Evander Kane.
And, Vanek is far more affordable. His current contract is a one-year deal for $2 million. He is a free agent after this year, and at 34 years old, may not cost much should the Predators wish to sign him again.
Adding Vanek may be the best way to go. The rental will be inexpensive. Vanek may be willing to take on a third-line role with the Predators. Adding a player with 15 goals on a back line is not a bad option.