CANUCKS SEEK A TOP-SIX FORWARD

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  • Through 31 games, Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning likes what he has seen.
  • But he’ll like his team even more if he can acquire another top-six winger before the NHL’s trade deadline in February.
  • Benning confirmed Wednesday in an interview with Sportsnet that he is looking for another winger who can score if a deal “makes sense.”
  • He also said he plans to open contract negotiations for starting goalie Jacob Markstrom, who is eligible for unrestricted free agency on July 1 and whose status would affect the Canucks’ plans for the 2021 Seattle expansion draft.
  • The health of injured winger Micheal Ferland, one of Benning’s key free-agent signings last summer, could affect the Canucks’ need to add another player, although the GM emphasized that Ferland’s departure from Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs is unrelated to the concussion that had kept him out for five weeks.
  • No indication who Benning could target.
  • If the Canucks remain in the thick of the playoff chase by February, Benning could pull the trigger on an affordable rental option.
  • Could Taylor Hall be the best option for the Canucks?
  • The keyword is affordable.
  • His first-round pick in the 2020 Draft is a conditional one that could belong to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and he could be unwilling to part with his second-rounder.
Sources & Credits: Iain MacIntyre, Sportsnet, Spectors Hockey
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