January 16, 2019 | 11:50pm ET



Nikolay Goldobin, right wing


The Vancouver Canucks have been actively looking to trade forward Nikolay Goldobin, but GM Jim Benning is not trying to move him for the sake of dealing him.

Goldobin, 23, was scratched for Wednesday’s game – the third time he’s been scratched in the last six games – fueling speculation that his days as a member of the Canucks could be nearing an end.

It’s unclear, at the moment, what the asking price on Goldobin actually is, and Benning is believed to be trying to move him in a “hockey trade” fashion, dealing talent-for-talent, but a move might not be made prior to the Feb. 25 trade deadline.

[Goldobin currently sits No.27 on TFP’s Top 30 Trade Watch List.]

Goldobin, who has an $863,333 million cap hit and can become a restricted free agent July 1, has registered five goals and 18 assists for 23 points in 44 games with the Canucks so far this season.

Meanwhile, Benning is also trying to deal veteran centre Sam Gagner, who has spent the majority of the season, so far, in the AHL, loaned to the Toronto Marlies.

Gagner, 29, has one-year left on his contract after this season and comes with a $3.15 million salary cap hit.

If the Canucks end up moving him, they are expected to have to retain a portion of Gagner’s salary to facilitate a trade and it’s unknown how much of his contract the team is willing to eat.