After defender Danny Dickeser signed a professional trial contract, the Vancouver Canucks have yet to close the door to signing more players to the PTO ahead of training camp later this month.
Rutherford on another potential PTO signing – you never know, we love Chaisson so much, we talk about him, we love his personality and his drive.
– Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) September 9, 2022
Here are four candidates that can be submitted to the PTO to complete the Canucks Boot Camp.
After earning a PTO last season as well, Alex Chiasson spent the summer in Vancouver staying at the Oliver Ekman-Larsson home. The striker didn’t have the best start to his time with the Canucks, but his final month was certainly memorable with 10 points in 10 games.
And now we’re on Alex Chiason’s hat-trick watch 👀 pic.twitter.com/RoC9prYjeJ
– Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) April 8, 2022
Despite playing in the city for only one season, Chiason fell in love with Vancouver and is still hoping for a contract. The organization seems to reciprocate those sentiments with management which places his character high.
“[The Canucks] I love his character and drive,” Rick Daliwall said during Sekeres and Price on September 11. It makes sense that Chiasson probably won’t play the same role he did last season, but the winger has been and could be a useful depth option.
– Sekeres and Price (sekeresandprice) September 11, 2022
Look no further than Tyler Motte’s inability to find an NHL home as evidence of just how difficult it is for NHL teams to do business off-season.
Motte, who was originally acquired by the Canucks from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Thomas Vanek at the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline, has carved out a career in the NHL for himself as an effective sixth-place winger in Vancouver. Mott quickly became a fan favorite due to his tenacity and work ethic.
Massive rescue by JT Miller on Connor McDavid and stealthy five-hole finish by Tyler Motte. The only thing we can conclude is that the death of the top scorer is MacDavid. #canox pic.twitter.com/vB7lyZHqRa
– Daniel Wagner (@passittobulis) January 26 2022
It’s a bit surprising that Motte hasn’t signed his autograph for as long as he’s been doing so, but with the asking price rumored, it seems the teams haven’t been able to find a way to match it. Perhaps a return to Vancouver is in the cards with his active presence badly missed. Motte would be an excellent addition if he chooses to return in blue and green.
Modernization: Tyler Mott and the Ottawa senator have reportedly agreed to the terms of a one-year, $1.3 million deal.
Your head has always struggled with the implication that he’s overpaid. The Swedish center broke out just in time in the Carolinas, taking 48 points in 80 games in the 2015-16 season. This earned him a 6-year, $4 million AAV deal that saw him continue producing on a solid six medium segment.
That all changed when your head was distributed to Minnesota. He never found his feet, only to find himself struggling and getting scratched at times. This past season Rask was handed over to Kraken for future considerations and was able to stay in the NHL. He managed to score 21 points in 47 NHL competitions in the 2021-22 season.
Victor Raske is up to the task! 😏 pic.twitter.com/x8e09ZbJ2f
– Seattle Kraken March 29, 2022
Sure, Raske still has some offensive punch, but at this point in his career, he’s a player who should support a bottom 6. That’s not a bad thing, as he’s proven to be a solid two-way player who can engage. Results sheet as well. This defensive aspect of his game will be his biggest selling point, and for the Canucks, it may be worth seeing what Rask can bring on the PTO.
Long gone are the days when Anton Strallmann featured at the top of Tampa Bay 4. At the age of 35, the Swedish defender was at the end of his football career. However, that doesn’t mean he’s completely washed out. Stralman spent last season in the desert with the Coyotes, still able to collect 23 points in 74 games, while he used to rely on himself defensively.
Five points in Anton Strallmann’s last three games. 😉 pic.twitter.com/FWwKeCJ1N4
— NHL (@NHL) April 28, 2022
It wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring him to the PTO. Being a right-handed rearguard, the Stralman is a bit of an excellent commodity, even if he’s a bit on the older side. But it’s not a risky move, especially in a situation where the Canucks could use some extra depth.
Stralman has been bringing another veteran soundtrack to the locker room, having had his fair share of cup rounds and court games. At worst, he could be a good mentor figure for players at Abbotsford, serving as Canucks’ seventh defense.
Vancouver boot camp is set to begin September 23 in Whistler, following the conclusion of the Young Stars Classic in Penticton.