NHL Rumors: Canucks interested in Jack Roslovic, talking trade with Senators

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Nov 26, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center Jack Roslovic (96) takes the puck from Vancouver Canucks right wing Conor Garland (8) in the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Rumors: The Vancouver Canucks have fared better as of late winning their last two games and going 5-4-1 in the last 10 contests.

They’re still underwater with a record of 6-9-3 and talks of a Bruce Boudreau firing remains the most speculated buzz surrounding the Canucks. One name continuously bandied about as his replacement is Rick Tocchet, who has a relationship with Canucks president Jim Rutherford from their Pittsburgh days.

Tocchet 58, has a career head coaching record of 178-200-60 with stints in Tampa Bay and Arizona. He was the Penguins assistant for back-to back Cups in 2016 and 2017.

NHL Rumors: Vancouver Canucks

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Nov 18, 2022; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Tyler Myers (57) clears the puck against the Los Angeles Kings in the third period at Rogers Arena. Canucks won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Of course, the coach isn’t the only one on the hot seat as players have been told they also could be on the move.

One particular player of interest for the Canucks is center Jack Roslovic in Columbus. According to a new report, Vancouver was trying to acquire him in the offseason.

A league source with knowledge of talks but not authorized to share them publicly told The Athletic that Vancouver showed an interest in Roslovic last summer, but the Jackets were reluctant to move him.

Aaron Portzline, The Athletic (subscription required)

Roslovic, 25, has just 6 points in 15 games this season and been scratched several times. He’s talented but struggles to be consistent. With one more year remaining at $4 million, the Canucks may see him as a cheap replacement if they opt to move on from Bo Horvat.

The Canucks were also in talks with the Ottawa Senators regarding a swapping of defensemen. Elliotte Friedman mentioned on HNIC that Vancouver discussed sending Tyler Myers to Ottawa for Nikita Zaitsev.

“It never got to the point where Myers had to accept it,” Friedman said on the 32 Thoughts Podcast. “For Ottawa, who’ve lost confidence in Zaitsev, they would have a player they’d use in Myers. For Vancouver, you get a million and half in cap room.”

He added that the possible reason the two teams didn’t move forward is because they couldn’t agree on the other pieces of the deal.

Both players have a modified no-trade clause and would need to approve the move. It’s still something to keep an eye on as these teams are very active in the trade market.