Canucks meet with veteran defenceman Tyler Myers

Winnipeg Jets' Tyler Myers, right, controls the puck in front of Los Angeles Kings' Alex Iafallo. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Soon-to-be free agent defenceman Tyler Myers has met with Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning and the team’s management in Vancouver, Sportsnet’s John Shannon reported Sunday.

The club is reportedly on the hunt for a top-four blue-liner and there were rumours that it was close to acquiring Colorado Avalanche defenceman Tyson Barrie at Friday’s NHL draft.

The 29-year-old Myers, who is slated to become a UFA on July 1, had 31 points in 80 games for the Winnipeg Jets last season, his fifth with the franchise. He spent the first six seasons of his career with the Buffalo Sabres.

The six-foot-eight rearguard has collected 265 points across 635 games, with his 48-point rookie campaign in 2009-10 being his most productive. He captured the Calder Memorial Trophy for being the league’s top freshman that season.

It is expected that Canucks will also pursue fellow UFA and long-time Toronto Maple Leafs D-man Jake Gardiner.

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