It’s time for another edition of NHL rumours. Some teams are going to make drastic changes before the trade deadline. The March 3 deadline is coming fairly soon and teams like the Vancouver Canucks have already started making moves. Bo Horvat was already traded, but there may be some more names on the way out. Today’s NHL rumours take a peek at a possible Jack Rathbone trade.
All NHL rumours come from the original source and are subject to change.
Vancouver Canucks to Explore Jack Rathbone Trade
Rumour: Rick Dhaliwal joined the Serekes and Price Show to discuss the future of the young defenceman. Dhaliwal said there is some interest in the Boston native and the Canucks may move him at the deadline. He added that this could be done to give the 23-year-old blueliner a new start.
"Hearing there could be some interest in Rathbone ahead of the trade deadline…if the #Canucks are not going to use him at the NHL level, they would be open to moving him to a team that would give him a better chance."@CampbellPound | https://t.co/cy2hdm0I6R
— Sekeres and Price (@sekeresandprice) February 2, 2023
Vancouver feels that Rathbone is not in the team’s plans and it could get something for him. The Harvard University product has played in only six games and has one assist so far this season. The Canucks picked him in the fourth round, 95th overall of the 2017 NHL Draft. Rathbone has spent most of his professional career in the AHL with Utica and not Abbotsford.
Will the Canucks Swing a Jack Rathbone Trade
Rathbone hasn’t found a fit with previous coaches Travis Green and Bruce Boudreau. It seems to be the same story with new coach Rick Tocchet. General manager Patrik Allvin seems to be of the mind that he can get some kind of return for the young defenceman.
It seems that the next couple of years are going to be a rebuild despite the differing tones from Jim Rutherford. What the Canucks are doing seems to be a rebuild in spite of that word not being used. Call it whatever you want, but trading Rathbone could get Vancouver something. It’ll likely be a small return for a fringe NHL player, but something is better than nothing.