Unrestricted free agent forward Tyler Motte, who spent five seasons with the Vancouver Canucks before being traded to the New York Rangers earlier this year, has reportedly attracted interest from several teams.
Vancouver sports insider Rick Dhaliwal reported Monday that four or five teams “have shown serious interest” in signing Motte, but the delay is tied to financial constraints.
“Finances still need to be settled as some teams still need to withdraw other salaries,” Dhaliwal wrote. “It’s a common theme around the NHL, [with] so many agents are waiting for the teams to free up the ceiling space.
Motte, 27, scored seven goals and 15 points in 49 games with the Canucks last season before being traded to Rangers before the 2022 trade deadline. The Canucks acquired a fourth-round pick in 2023 in trade Motte’s services.
After going pointless in nine games with the Rangers to close out the 2021-22 regular season, Motte notched a pair of goals in 15 playoff games as his new team reached the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Canucks originally acquired Motte from the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2018 as part of the Thomas Vanek trade. The 5’10”, 192-pound center played 196 games for Vancouver between 2018 and 2022, scoring 28 goals and 50 points.
Motte, a fourth-round pick from the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013, also recorded 17 games for the Canucks in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, scoring four goals and five points.