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Vancouver Canucks Struggling To Move Ben Hutton

Vancouver Canucks Struggling To Move Ben Hutton
Published On: Wed, Aug 08
Sep 22, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; San Jose Sharks defenseman Mirco Mueller (41) reaches for the puck against Vancovuer Canucks forward Ronalds Kenins (41) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The quietest stretch of the NHL off-season is upon us, but at least one team is still working the phones and trying to make some noise on the trade market. InA a pieceA previewing the 2018-19 season for the Vancouver Canucks, The Athletica€™s J.D. Burke includes a note on defensemanA Ben Hutton, who he claims the team has actively been trying to unload. Unfortunately, there just dona€™t seem to be any takers.

In fact, Burke claims that internal trade discussions regarding Huttona€™s future with the Canucks have been ongoing since early last season. While there wasA reportedlyA interest from several teams back in February, ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline, no deal came together and Hutton continued to struggle over the remainder of the season. Burke cites a downward trend in production over the past two years, as well as a corresponding loss of ice time, as reasons why Vancouver wants to move on and perhaps why no other team wants to jump in. The former UMaine defenseman surprisingly nabbed a roster spot in 2015-16 and impressed as a rookie, recording 25 points and immediately showing an innate ability to block shots and smother offensive chances in his own zone. Hutton didna€™t seem to improve noticeably in his sophomore campaign, recording only 19 points and failing to grow his puck-moving ability, but he did find the back of the net four more times than the year prior and continued to be a shot-blocking asset and smart defender in increased play time.A 

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