June 29, 2018 | 2:51pm ET
CANUCKS TO SIGN BEAGLE, LET VANEK WALK
Jay Beagle, centre
The Vancouver Canucks are expected to sign soon-to-be unrestricted free agent centre Jay Beagle to a multi-year contract, while the team has decided not to pursue veteran winger Thomas Vanek.
TSN Hockey Insider reported Friday afternoon that Beagle will be leaving the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals for Vancouver, with a deal set to be finalized on Sunday.
On Thursday, TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta reported the Canucks are not in the mix for Vanek, who is currently in talks with four teams.
Multiple teams in on Jay Beagle but looks like VAN is front runner to land the UFA centre who is expected to leave WSH for a multi-year deal on July 1.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 29, 2018
Thomas Vanek has received plenty of attention, and I’m told 4 teams have expressed serious interest. As of now, Vancouver is not in the mix.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) June 28, 2018
It’s unclear which four teams Vanek is in discussions with, but TFP can confirm more than four expressed interest in him this week. The Canucks traded Vanek to the Columbus Blue Jackets prior to the trade deadline back in February.
Beagle, 32, has spent his entire NHL career, thus far, with the Capitals. In 79 games with the club this past season, Beagle registered seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points.
In 471 career NHL regular-season games, Beagle has collected 51 goals and 65 assists for 116 points.