Sekeres and Price: Rick Dhaliwal on the Sekeres and Price present final week speaking about Vancouver Canucks pending UFA Andrei Kuzmenko.
Sekeres: “Money bags. You had money bags on your show. Milstein, and he says he doesn’t want to talk until after the year, which pretty much means for the Canucks, if they’re not on a playoff spot, I guess they’re going to have to trade Kuzmenko at the deadline if he’s unwilling to ”
Dhaliwal: “Well, they could or might not Matty. Here’s what I do know. Milstein was in Vancouver final week to satisfy together with his Vancouver shoppers – Kuzmenko, Mikheyev and Klimovich.
He didn’t meet with common supervisor Patrik Allvin concerning the Kuzmenko contract. He informed us on Donnie and Dhali that he’ll probably wait till the top of the yr to speak contract.
It is unimaginable proper now guys to place a cash quantity on Kuzmenko. Two weeks in the past this man was a wholesome scratch. So the value, he was the value. His worth was half of what it was at the moment, it’s at the moment.
The Canucks can signal Kuzmenko on January 1st however that might solely be 34 video games within the season. Milstein wants extra time to evaluate what a contract would appear to be. 50 to 60 factors would get him, we’re spitballing, I do know you requested Darren Dreger. But 50 to 60 factors would get him $4 to $5 million. Anything over 60-65 factors might be robust for the Canucks to signal him.
Milstein’s not going to accept a one-year deal. Let’s be sincere guys. Probably going to need time period. In reality, anyplace two years and up.
Here’s the kicker. So I requested him, the Vancouver Canucks aren’t going to sit down right here on the buying and selling deadline and wait to speak to this man. They’re going to wish to know on March third on the buying and selling deadline or beforehand, you recognize, hey, what’s happening right here.
The buying and selling deadline, the Canucks are going to play their 59th recreation. I’d counsel to each of you, on the 59-game mark you bought a reasonably good thought what Kuzmenko’s price. The Canucks might wish to know from Milstein, per week or two earlier than that. Just a imprecise thought basically.
But I don’t suppose the Vancouver Canucks are going to enter the buying and selling deadline not understanding what Kuzmenko’s contract would appear to be and modify accordingly. But if he’s asking for an excessive amount of, are you in the identical boat as Horvat? You received to maneuver Kuzmenko.”
Harman Dayal of The Athletic: The Vancouver Canucks are going to should decide on Kuzmenko. He’s been a superb match for the Canucks but it surely’s onerous to gauge his contract worth.
Kuzmenko additionally wants to indicate that he can play with gamers not named Elias Pettersson.