Ethan Bear and Lane Pederson will have a new challenge in their careers. They were traded to the Vancouver Canucks by the Carolina Hurricanes. Ethan Bear is a great player who still hasn't played this season. Vancouver's general manager is optimistic about Bear.
"Obviously, we've watched him through the Western Hockey League starting in Seattle and had an early start in Edmonton and got traded to Carolina, and hopefully he's excited to come back to Canada and be part of the Vancouver Canucks and hopefully this will give the coaching staff more options on the back end," general manager Patrik Allvin said.
"He's a very smart defenseman and he showed early in his career in Edmonton that he is a really good puck mover and transition defenseman."
Boudreau on Bear
Although he has not played for a long time, Vancouver coach Bruce Boudreau believes that Bear is a great player who will show his qualities.
"Everything we can do to improve our team, I'm good [with it]," Vancouver coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I haven't seen Ethan play in a long time, but I remember him in Edmonton as a very good puck-moving defenseman and very aggressive offensively, so we're looking forward to having him here."
There are many injured players in the Vancouver team and they need fresh blood. The team focused on young players who can make up for the lack of important players with their strength and potential. We will see if these will be the right moves.
"We have been a little bit depleted here early on our back end," Allvin said. "As we said all the way along, we wanted to add younger players. We got a right-shot defenseman that's been playing in the League for a couple of years and been part of some playoffs and hopefully we could get him back on track here with our group."