Sedin - Sedin - Burrows
Kesler - Fill
Higgins - Lapierre - Hansen
Fill - Fill - Fill
Hamhuis - Bieksa
Salo - Tanev
This is how I see the Canucks lineup as of now (with Kelser injured but still slotted in).
The Sedins with Burrows is pretty obvious. Kesler on the second (healthy), but the wingers need to be filled with players that compliment Kesler. Higgins, Lapierre, and Hansen on our third line. The three of them to me seem like the hardest workers on the roster and would fit perfectly on the checking line. The fourth line, I didn't really like any of the players slotting into the fourth line, I think the Canucks need to find a defensive centre with some size, an in your face hard hitter like Raffi Torres and a Parros type that will go after anyone that f'd around. This line should make everyone think twice before they went after our star players.
As for the over players that I left out, Booth is too similar to Kesler and at times they work well but other times they don't, Kesler with Booth just isn't cutting it and I would rather see players the could make Kesler play the way he did against Nashville in last years playoffs. Raymond just hasn't worked out too well and I think he deserves a fresh start somewhere else and should be moved. Malhotra isn't the type of player that compliments Hansen and Higgins and he wouldn't fit on a big tough fourth line. He's a great penalty killer and he's great in the circle, but his eye injury hampered his play and I think it's time we traded malhotra. Ballard just isn't worth the type of money he is getting paid as a 3rd pairing. If you read my post on our Goalie situation, I believe Schnieder would get us a lot more than Loungo and with Lack coming up it would make a lot more sense to ride Loungo for the next few years and then bring in Lack.
The players listed as out, along with free agency should help the Canucks fill all of those holes. Schnieder and a pick could help us land a top 4 dman and a great 2nd liner. Booth, Raymond, Ballard, Malhotra could get us another good 2nd liner, some great fourth line players and some depth on offence and defence.
Players that I would love to see on the Canucks: Parise, E.Kane, and Weber. I'm not saying the Canucks are going to get them I'm just saying these are players I would love to see on the Canucks. Imagine Weber with Edler, and a 2nd line of Parise, Kesler, Kane. If not all three of them at least two of them. As for cap concerns with Ballard, Raymond, Malhotra, and Booth on the outs that would save us around 13 million.
If you don't agree with this relax it's just my opinion and what I want to see happen, don't get your panties in a bunch. Discuss.
Edited by Doogie, 24 June 2012 - 03:49 AM.