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About KicKassian

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  1. The Canucks are stuck in the mode of trying to retool for the future while also trying to compete and become a legitimate contender in the now. There is a call to acquire a younger non rental player who can come in and contribute in a top six role now, while the team also becomes slightly younger to make an easier transition in the future in the hopes of avoiding a lengthy rebuilding period. Vancouver's current weaknesses are goal production as well as general forward depth (mostly due to injuries). Positions of strenght to be dealt from is the deep crop of defensemen (with arguably six top 4 defensemen as well as Frank Corrado waiting in the wings), the Canucks can also stake a claim to having a large amount of valuable forward prospects. Looking at Nashville, a team who is right in the thick of a full scale rebuild, they have the makings of a great blueline anchored by Shea Weber and Seth Jones however asides from Forsberg, the franchise is seriously lacking in quality prospects. Obviously the team is not in any shaoe to compete even for a playoff spot with Rinne gone long term, so a high draft pick will be in their future. I tried to think of a trade that would help both teams in their respective situations. It would have to be done at the trade dealine (cap restrictions) So here it is: To NSH: Brendan Gaunce, Chris Tanev, David Booth, and VAN 2014 3rd rounder To VAN: Patric Hornqvist, Paul Gaustad, and NSH 2014 4th rounder Why Nashville does this: 1)Nashville is in a position where it is reasonable to take on David Booth. First off Booth's large cap hit will not be a problem in Nashville as both Gaustads and Hornqvists hefty Contracts are sent in return and the Preds have a large amount of cap space regardless. Secondly David Booth will be given a primary role in the Predators lineup since they are under no pressure to perform (It being a rebuilding season) Lastly Booth is relatively young and could become a better player with a change of scenery, and if it doesn't work out then at least the term is shorter than Hornqvist's contract and they can get out of it sooner. 2)Nashville is given a great forward prospect in Brendan Gaunce, a player whose progress and potential should be higher with the recent trade to Erie. Gaunce will solidify their center position in the future as a No.2 behind Forsberg. 3)Nashville is given a very young and inexpensive defensemen in Chris Tanev. Tanev's game is structured on being very positionally sound, so he should fit in perfectly under a Barry Trotz system. Tanev would also round out the top 4 of the Preds currently. 4)Not only does Nashville move up in the draft by picking up the 3rd rounder in exchange for the 4th, but also with the additions of Tanev and Gaunce the Preds gain two players who should be key parts in the rebuild. Why Vancouver does this: 1)Vancouver has spent years searching for a top six forward to compliment the Sedins and Hornqvist could be just that player. Hornqvist who is 26 and signed for four more years is 5'11 190 lbs. Hornqvist is a really gritty player who goes to the dirty areas to generate offense and knows where to be to score goals. He is also good defensively. His career high in goals is 31 and he has also scored 21 or more goals in two additional seasons. These goal totals show how he can produce goals even on a team that is not focused on offense (Imagine him with the Sedins). Hornqvists point totals in the last two seasons have been greatly affected by just how bad Nashville is (He's currently on the top line with Viktor Stalberg and Mike Fisher), so he can be seen at the moment as being as expensive to acquire as he would have been in previous years. He can transition smoothly to a Torts regime after being under Trotz. Can also mentor Kassian. 2)Vancouver can afford to give up Gance because of the depth at center they have as an organization. Gaunce is sitting behind Henrik, Kesler, Horvat, and with the emergance of Cassels in the system Gaunce has become a piece that Vancouver can afford to move to become a better team in the now. 3)Tanev is a piece that currently holds alot of value and is one of the only moveable pieces on the blueline with all of the NTC's Vancouver's defenders currently have. By moving tanev for a valuable piece Vancouver also opens up room to develop Frank Corrado. 4)Paul Gaustad is a 6'5 behemoth who is great in the dressing room and in the faceoff dot. Gaustad has been playing on the wing this season for the Preds so he could fit into the 4th line winger spot. Gaustad adds much needed size and depth to tackle the California teams in a playoff series. 5)While these moves push the Canucks right against the cap they will have room to wiggle with the next years large increase. Canucks Lineup(When Healthy): D.Sedin/H.Sedin/Hornqvist Burrows/Kesler/Santorelli Higgins/Schroeder/Hansen Gaustad/Richardson/Kassian Weise/Sestito Hamhuis/Bieksa Edler/Garrison Stanton/Corrado Alberts Luongo/ Lack Out: David Booth, Chris Tanev In: Patric Hornvist, Paul Gaustad, Frank Corrado Notes: -The trade would give the Canucks 6 possible centers at any time giving the team versatility in draws in any zone. -Hornqvist could improve the power play by being the net prescence while kesler moves to the point. Thanks For Reading please comment, suggest anything, and point out any errors.
  2. Giddy For Draft Day!