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Canucks make last-ditch effort to try to sign Nikita Zadorov


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Sam Jones
June 15, 2024  (8:13)
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Nikita Zadorov's re-signing with the Canucks is officially announced
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As the NHL free agency period approaches, the Vancouver Canucks face a pivotal decision regarding defenseman Nikita Zadorov.

According to Rick Dhaliwal on the "Donnie and Dhali Show," the Canucks are preparing to make their final contract offer to Zadorov. This offer is anticipated to be significantly lower than what Zadorov might secure on the open market. With financial constraints at play, Vancouver's ability to retain Zadorov appears increasingly doubtful.
"A final offer is coming to Zadorov soon. The player and his agent would love to re-sign in Vancouver, but this is strictly about money. The Canucks just can't re-sign everybody, they don't have enough money. The fact that the Canucks are going to try and make it work with Zadorov tells you what they think of the Player."
Dhaliwal further elaborated that Zadorov's market value could reach as high as $6M annually over a six-year term. Given his robust performance in the playoffs, where he notched 4 goals and 8 assists in 13 games, his stock has risen considerably. Zadorov's physical presence and leadership on the ice make him a highly sought-after asset for teams looking to bolster their defense.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs have emerged as the frontrunners for Zadorov's signature. With ample salary cap space, a pressing need for defensive prowess, and a connection through former Flames general manager Brad Treliving, the Leafs appear ready to invest heavily in Zadorov's services.
Despite the potential departure of key players like Zadorov, the Canucks' future still holds promise. Under the guidance of Coach Rick Tocchet, the team pushed the Edmonton Oilers to seven games in the playoffs, even without star goaltender Thatcher Demko. With this valuable experience, Vancouver is poised for another strong postseason run next year.
The unfolding saga of Zadorov's contract negotiations will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the Canucks' roster and their strategies moving forward. As the deadline draws near, all eyes will be on Vancouver's management to see how they navigate these challenging financial waters.
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Canucks make last-ditch effort to try to sign Nikita Zadorov

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