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3rd line centre situation

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I think that i am happy pahlsson left he was never that happy to be playing here. I think Lappy could be great replacement, with that being said we know he can produce but the question is consistency. In 08-09 he played on the third line and had 15 goals but then when Martin took over in MTL he went from being third line centre to being on the bench for some games. I think that lappy is ready to take on the challenge again but i would like for the Canucks to sign a gaustad or someone so just incase lappy does not perform up to par maybe gaustad will be able to. It is also good because we will have reliability and depth. Also my sister is friends with his sister as they go to school with eachother being a MTL native and when his sister came to my house she told me that Max loves Vancouver and a contract extension would make him really happy. So maybe the Canucks should get on that right before the playoffs begin so he will work harder and play with confidence. The good thing about lapierre is that he was aquired to be a fourth line centre but he is a player who is capable of stepping up when we need him.

What are ur thoughts on lappy and the third line situation?

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Jordan Schroeder could be an option or sign a UFA.

Here are some 2012 UFAs – Centers remaining:

Daymond Langkow -------- Phoenix Coyotes ------------------- $4,500,000

Jarret Stoll -------------------- Los Angeles Kings ---------------- $3,600,000

Jochen Hecht ---------------- Buffalo Sabres --------------------- $3,525,000

Olli Jokinen ------------------ Calgary Flames --------------------- $3,000,000

Jiri Hudler -------------------- Detroit Red Wings ----------------- $2,875,000

Jason Arnott ----------------- St. Louis Blues --------------------- $2,800,000

Steven Reinprecht --------- Vancouver Canucks ---------------- $2,050,000

Jay McClement -------------- Colorado Avalanche -------------- $1,450,000

Torrey Mitchell -------------- San Jose Sharks ------------------- $1,366,667

Brendan Morrison ---------- Chicago Blackhawks ------------- $1,250,000

Kyle Brodziak ---------------- Minnesota Wild -------------------- $1,150,000

Dominic Moore --------------- San Jose Sharks ------------------ $1,100,000

Jim Slater ---------------------- Winnipeg Jets -------------------- $1,000,000

Daniel Winnik ----------------- Colorado Avalanche ------------- $950,000

Erik Christensen ------------- Minesota Wild --------------------- $925,000

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I think we trade for Ott and buy Manny out then re sign him for way the fudge less.

That way Ott is on the left wing of the third line, Lappy is 3rd line centre to improve his ability. Manny permanent 4th line duty, with Weise/Bitz and Hansen.

Ott is a center too so we'd have another back up.

Lapierre has skill, he has talent, I was there in Phoenix when he turned over the puck and scored the 4-0 goal I think it wasi n November.

He has the pedigree for 3rd line center, he just needs ice time and coaching. He has a SCF gwg so you know he's there for the big moments.

Just need to cut Raymond and give Manny less so we can sign a D and Ott.

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I wonder if Reinprecht would come for 1M or so.

He's 36, had 43 points with Chicago in 57 games, had 46 points one season with Phoenix, he might be an option to fill a gap.

Hank, Kesler, Malholtra, Lapierre, Reinprecht.

Extra centers and depth in a line up are a good thing.

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The other dark horse to pick up might be Olli Jokinen.

Not my first choice, BUT, he has had a 90 point season. Last season, 61 points playing in Calgary. His value is diminishing, he was in a 5 year 5.25M contract, then in a 2 year 3M contract, so, at 33, offer him 1 year at 2M, or 2 years at 1.75M.

A third line center who could play on the second while waiting for Kesler, who could put up 50 points?

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Either Malhotra or Lappy would do fine... Preferably Manny on the third, because Lappy is capable of playing both 3rd and 4th line...

We just need Manny's eye to make him a good hockey player again

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They should do what I told them to do last season. Pencil Kesler into the third line role and allow him to work himself back from the injury at his pace.

Of course, it was easier to do that with a legit 2nd line centre like Hodgson. Now they have to really gamble with Higgins or Schroeder.

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Jordan Schroeder could be an option or sign a UFA.

Here are some 2012 UFAs – Centers remaining:

Daymond Langkow -------- Phoenix Coyotes ------------------- $4,500,000

Jarret Stoll -------------------- Los Angeles Kings ---------------- $3,600,000

Jochen Hecht ---------------- Buffalo Sabres --------------------- $3,525,000

Olli Jokinen ------------------ Calgary Flames --------------------- $3,000,000

Jiri Hudler -------------------- Detroit Red Wings ----------------- $2,875,000

Jason Arnott ----------------- St. Louis Blues --------------------- $2,800,000

Steven Reinprecht --------- Vancouver Canucks ---------------- $2,050,000

Jay McClement -------------- Colorado Avalanche -------------- $1,450,000

Torrey Mitchell -------------- San Jose Sharks ------------------- $1,366,667

Brendan Morrison ---------- Chicago Blackhawks ------------- $1,250,000

Kyle Brodziak ---------------- Minnesota Wild -------------------- $1,150,000

Dominic Moore --------------- San Jose Sharks ------------------ $1,100,000

Jim Slater ---------------------- Winnipeg Jets -------------------- $1,000,000

Daniel Winnik ----------------- Colorado Avalanche ------------- $950,000

Erik Christensen ------------- Minesota Wild --------------------- $925,000

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Slater has resigned with the Jets, but I've always really like Jay McClemant. He could chip in with a few points, has good wheels, and kills penalties. He was also a leader with the Avs as he had an A on his sweater.

Jarrett Stoll is my favourite here, as he's EXTREMELY versatile, but the asking price will be high.

Dominic Moore could be a good fit, but 'family history' says otherwise...

I see one of the most likely signings could be Kyle Brodziak, as he's a hard worker and brings everything to the table. He's also been a Canuck killer in his time as a Minnesota Wild.

That's just my 2 cents.

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The other dark horse to pick up might be Olli Jokinen.

Not my first choice, BUT, he has had a 90 point season. Last season, 61 points playing in Calgary. His value is diminishing, he was in a 5 year 5.25M contract, then in a 2 year 3M contract, so, at 33, offer him 1 year at 2M, or 2 years at 1.75M.

A third line center who could play on the second while waiting for Kesler, who could put up 50 points?

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Broadz and Slater are gone; Stoll won't come cheap

I've mentioned Winnik before, wouldn't mind Torrey Mitchell; at worst give Arnott or Langkow a one-year deal AFTER conditioning tryouts

Lapierre and Manny works for me.

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Canucks Centres will be (at the start of the season)

Hank

Higgins

Lappy

Manny

Enter Kesler and Higgins can slide into a winger spot.

WE have Schroeder as well, so I'm not too sure we will be getting a bottom 6 centre on the market. Best to get a top 6 winger to move forward.

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