However Doan isn't signed.
No real argument with your thinking otherwise.
No way Neil is coming out of Ottawa after the playoffs he had. A player like him would answer a lot of Vancouver needs. I still question who you have on the left side with Kesler and Booth if you are trading Lou for a center. Sign Doan and you drop Burrows to the 3rd? I haven't seen him play the left side.
It will be an interesting couple of weeks.
Sign Doan and Burrows still plays right wing in the top six - Doan would be a good fit with either line, as is Burrows.
Booth is Kesler's left winger - Burrows plays right wing with the Sedins, but only because the Canucks have Daniel, Burrows, Booth, Higgins, Raymond - all left wingers - with Hansen being the top natural right winger on the roster - part of what would make signing Doan such a blessing as a power forward on the right wing is just what the lineup needs. Also part of the reason I really like the Kassian deal.
I like Schroeder but if the Canucks sign Doan, I think adding a center becomes the most likely position of interest in a Luongo deal, with Kesler's health an uncertainty.
Regarding Neil - I'd say pay the price to make it happen - a Canucks lineup if he and Doan were added - altogether different level of "pushback."
Edited by oldnews, 27 July 2012 - 12:11 AM.