While Mike Santorelli has done everything to earn a third-line centre job, the Vancouver Canucks made a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes late Saturday to acquire Zac Dalpe, 23, and Jeremy Welsh, 25, who can both play the middle. The Canucks parted with forward Kellan Tochkin and a fourth-round 2014 pick in the deal and believe the added depth could have immediate and future impact.
Welsh is on a one-way contract that pays $850,000 and Dalpe is on a two-way that pays $550,000 in the NHL and $125,000 in the minors. The buzz is that the younger Dalpe, with 41 games of NHL experience, might be a better fit down the middle or at wing for the Canucks, who must declare their 23-man playing roster by Monday.
That meant Bo Horvat, who didn’t practise Sunday, was returned to junior. Fellow 2013 first-round draft pick Hunter Shinkaruk was also expected to be sent down.
Dalpe had a goal in 10 games with...