@JasonGarrison52: Dano-mite is in Vancity! We need the missing piece.. @ScottieUpshall http://t.co/Fh2b5GDd
If Doan signs elsewhere, I like Upshall's game - he's never seemed to get any traction in the NHL, but could be quite a good risk if he ever manages to play a full season. I wouldn't mind taking a risk on him - he is a right wing, physical and skilled - and his cap hit of 3.5 million should make him a relative add in/ salary dump. I'd rather take him as a third piece in a deal than get Versteeg as the priniciple - something like Upshall, Matthias and Petrovic might make sense if Doan goes elsewhere.
I like the idea of Bjugstad, but I think his value is getting blown out of proportion - who knows, Gaunce could turn out to be the better player.
And Upshall almost put the Panthers into the 2nd round too.
It is interesting that Garrison is recruiting Upshall wile Doan is in town at the same time since Upshall happens to have a NTC/NMC and he'd have to waive the NTC portion to come here.
Upshall is the cap dump coming back this way (that contract is immovable w/ both a NTC & a NMC), then I'd expect Bjugstad to also be coming this way with Raymond going the other way (expiring contract not unlike Samuelsson/Sturm in the Booth deal) and I don't think it's Doan or Upshall. I think the likelihood of accepting Upshall's immovable $3.5m cap hit means Doan is in a Canuck uniform since the majority of Upshall's success came from playing on a line with Doan while in Phoenix.
However, there is this little issue to get over:
I suppose Kesler & Backes got over that incident enough to play well in a two week tournament, but can Upshall (a guy with a bad reputation himself) & Kesler co-exist for three years without that mutual hate creating a dressing room nightmare (especially since trading for Upshall would mean the end of Burrows' or Higgins' - or maybe even both - tenures in a Canuck uniform)?
I guess there's always the expected new 1-time amnesty clause in the next CBA...
Edit: Misunderstood the tweet. Corrected the thought process.
Edited by Millerdraft, 02 August 2012 - 01:26 PM.