The Vancouver Canucks are going to be an active team when the trade deadline rolls around. They’re one of those teams that is right on the cusp and will look at acquiring a player or two to put them over the top.
But they may not have to make an actual trade to make a move before the deadline. We’ve already seen them do it once, when they picked Tom Sestito off of waivers. They may be looking to do it again, with a player from one of their biggest rivals that hit waivers on Monday: Steve Montador.
Steve Montador is finally healthy after a long, long battle with symptoms related to multiple concussions suffered last year. When he returned to the Chicago Blackhawks, there wasn’t room for him, as they were rotating Sheldon Brookbank and Michal Rozsival in the lineup, leaving no need for an eighth defenseman.
Montador signed with the Hawks the previous summer, on a four-year deal worth $11 million. He has two years left on that deal after this season. He’s a stay-at-home defenseman and an underrated puck mover that could fit in well with the Canucks, if they actually have interest. He’s also a right-handed defenseman, which the Canucks could use in their lineup.
The fact that Montador is a local product, as he’s from Vancouver, could also play into their favor. Montador would obviously love a stint with the Canucks, his hometown team, and he’d be a terrific fit with this team. Money could be an issue though, as the Canucks may not want to pay the $2.75 million that it would cost to bring him in.
We should hear more in the next couple days about where Montador could land. It could be in Rockford, with the Blackhawks’ minor league affiliate, or it could be with the Canucks. It’s certainly worth looking into for Vancouver, at the very least.