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Andrei Kuzmenko draws interest from a number of teams
The Canucks are really having a sub-par season.

At the time of writing, Vancouver is second in the West and fourth in the NHL. So it’s logical to assume that Patrick Allvin will be a buyer at the next trade deadline. In fact, he made a big splash on the market by acquiring Nikita Zadorov a few days ago.

But he could also be on the selling side.

According to Elliotte Friedman at the intermission last night, teams are calling to inquire about Andrei Kuzmenko’s services.

After a 74-point season (in 81 games) last year, it’s a little tougher for the Russian this season.

It’s not a disaster, 15 points in 25 games, but he’s not as important to the Canucks as he was last year. Kuzmenko’s salary is $5.5 million until next July. On numerous occasions this season, he has been benched or even left out. His defensive game apparently does not meet with unanimous approval from the organization.

He has a partial no-trade clause and currently plays on the Canucks’ fourth line, according to Daily Faceoff. He still has some value, so Vancouver could acquire a top-4 defenseman in return, for example.

One thing’s for sure, there’s no shortage of offense in British Columbia. A (rare) trade between two contending teams is possible in the near future.

Kuzmenko is a talented player and I understand the interest of other teams. To be continued.

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