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Rumor: Canucks talking trade for former 2nd overall pick

One insider breaks down the details of a potential blockbuster East/West deal

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It’s no secret that the Vancouver Canucks are a team in transition. While Henrik and Daniel Sedin may be the face of the franchise currently, youngsters like Bo Horvat, Brock Boeser, Jake Virtanen and Troy Stecher represent the next generation of the team. But, there’s one key player missing from the team’s young core… a future #1 center. Could the Canucks look to the trade market to acquire someone with top line potential? 

Spector Hockey’s Lyle Richardson suggests Canucks fans keep their eye on Buffalo Sabres youngster Sam Reinhart. The 21-year-old center has gotten off to a slow start so far in his NHL career after being selected 2nd overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Reinhart has crested 20 goals and 45 points just once in his career and has gotten off to a slow start in 2017-18 with just two goals and three points in 9 games. Once thought to be part of a dynamic young offense in Buffalo along with Jack Eichel and Evander Kane, Reinhart has taken a back seat in Buffalo and it’s unclear whether he’ll ever get the opportunity to climb the depth chart in Buffalo.

So, what do you think Canucks fans? What’s a fair return for the former 2nd overall pick? Sabres fans, would you be willing to part with Reinhart given the right return?