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Report: The Canucks are willing to trade a bunch of players with minimal value

Matt Bartkowski

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Matt Bartkowski connects for a goal against the Colorado Avalanche in the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Vancouver Canucks are “open for business” and willing to trade Linden Vey, Matt Bartkowski, Ronalds Kenins, Adam Cracknell, Chris Higgins, Brandon Prust and Yannick Weber.

Business may be slow.

Notably missing from the list are winger Radim Vrbata (currently injured, though not believed to be seriously) and defenseman Dan Hamhuis (who owns a full no-trade clause and doesn’t particularly want to leave). Both are pending unrestricted free agents.

Among the players reportedly available, Bartkowski could possibly have some value as a depth add-on. He’s a pending UFA with a $1.75 million cap hit. Then again, maybe not. He hasn’t exactly earned sterling reviews for his play, and his style is not particularly amenable to the rugged postseason.

The rest have probably been available all season for the right price.

Or any price at all.

Free, even.

Related: Finding no takers, Canucks assign Prust to AHL