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Bettors believe Canucks won't deal on NHL Trade Deadline day

Canucks trade on deadline day (Current odds)

Yes: 1.28
No: 3.00


For weeks, the dominating topic of conversation among Vancouver’s hockey fans has been: What will the Canucks do at the NHL trade deadline?

There will soon be some closure – one way or another, whether those decisions or not.

The NHL Trade Deadline is Monday. Rumours and speculation are swirling around numerous players on the Canucks roster while the team remains in a turtle-derby playoff race in the Western Conference.

The central topic of the ongoing debate is the future of Alex Edler.

At the age of 32, Edler has played his entire NHL career of over 850 games combined between regular season and playoffs in Vancouver. A left-shot defenceman who had 20 points in 38 games this season, he could in theory fetch the Canucks a nice return on any potential trade.

Many in Vancouver will argue that what the Canucks need to do, at this point in the team’s current transitional phase to a younger core, is acquire more draft picks and prospects in order to build for a more prosperous future.

Alas, there are obstacles.

Edler is currently dealing with a concussion and has a no-trade clause in his contract.

A pending unrestricted free agent, he could be the quintessential rental defenceman a contending team needs to – again, in theory – put them over the top in a bid for a Stanley Cup. There are conflicting reports, however, about how close Edler and the Canucks are to a deal to re-sign the veteran blue liner.

Some reports indicate that contract is close. Other reports indicate the contrary.

That has resulted in the odds shifting on one particular bet at PlayNow.com: Will Alex Edler be traded before the NHL Trade Deadline?

On Thursday, those odds were 6.00 at PlayNow.com. By Friday morning, they had shifted to 11.00 in light of the reports he may be close to re-signing with the Canucks.

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Again, it all comes back to the question: What will the Canucks do at the deadline?

Will there be a trade involving the Canucks on Monday? When it comes to ‘Yes’, the odds are 1.28, while ‘No’ has odds of 3.00 at PlayNow.com heading into the weekend.

Bettors are not quite so optimistic the Canucks will be active in the hours and minutes leading up to the 12 PM PT deadline.

As of Friday morning, 80 per cent of the money was on the Canucks not to make a trade on Monday, with bettors anticipating a quiet deadline day in Vancouver.

If that does come to fruition, it would lead to some happy bettors come Monday afternoon.

While everyone wonders what the Canucks will do, there have been some major moves around the NHL prior to the start of the weekend. The biggest blockbuster was between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators.

The Senators – favourites right now at PlayNow.com to make the most trades on Monday – sent pending unrestricted free agent forward Matt Duchene to Columbus for a first-round pick in 2019, a conditional first-round pick in 2020 and prospects Vitaly Abramov and Jonathan Davidsson.

The Red Wings traded 28-year-old defenceman Nick Jensen to Washington for defenceman Madison Bowey and a 2020 second-round pick. It’s this deal that adds further intrigue to the Canucks potentially dealing Edler and what Vancouver could get in return – considering Edler was having a solid, productive season despite his injuries.

The Winnipeg Jets are also a team to keep an eye on when it comes to other betting options heading into the trade deadline. The Jets have odds of 1.18 to make a trade on Monday.

Winnipeg is second in the Central Division, just one point back of Nashville, as of Friday. Both teams are considered Stanley Cup contenders, with the Jets’ outright odds to win a championship currently at 9.50 at PlayNow.com.

Yet, the Jets have been struggling mightily of late.

They were crushed by the Avalanche on Wednesday, losing 7-1, and are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games. The recent slide has allowed Nashville back into first in the division.

There have been reports floating around for weeks that Winnipeg may look to bolster its forward group, particularly up the middle, with a trade. There are reports, too, that the Jets are going hard after Senators forward Mark Stone, who would fetch a huge return for Ottawa should a deal get done before the deadline.

There are some intriguing matchups in the NHL this weekend.

They are likely to take a backseat to the wheeling and dealing happening off the ice going into Monday’s deadline.

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