All fair commentary...! Such feedback is consistent with why he was not considered a leader, and commanded $2.5 with us and $3 with Detroit now and not more. A 2nd/3rd line 220 lb winger, with quite reasonably versatile skills who has 50 point / 25 goal potential would easily command that if not quirky.
So again, I was cool with converting Sammy into an younger power forward asset, who is signed and was a component we needed.
But Booth fills one role, while Sammy leaving robbed the 2knd line of it's best play maker and rendered Raymond a fifth wheel. It has remained incomplete since, and both Raymond (we still carry his salary) and Kesler have not been productive. The onus should have been be on Gillis to restock that vacated role last deadline to rejuvenate the 2knd line.
Notes; Danny, Burrows, Booth, Raymond, Higgins and even our "top" prospect (Jensen) were (and are) all natural on the left wing when Booth was acquired. Booth was supposed to be our power forward but logic would dictate another LW and / or Ballard also could have been moved to create space for him and provide the RW we also needed. It also made Hansen our top actual right wing until we got Kassian. Instead we traded our centre and secondary scoring depth to get him. Say what you will about Hodgson, he still filled a role for us now and had potential to do so in the future. Previously we traded for Ballard and signed Hamhuis when we had Edler. That overloaded our left D versus right in similar fashion, compounded when Erhoff left. In 2011/12 Gillis's moves individually all seemed credible but did not result in the balanced team we needed.
This contributed to our demise against L.A. as much as injuries.
Gillis also gambled that his prize rookie pick up could play one of those roles right away.
I like Samuelsson but he's a quirky player. He was a horrible fit with the Sedins - his puck possession game is very suspect, and he doesn't have the continuity to play with them - he is a risky guy who has his share of brain cramps to go with his flashes of brilliance. I thought he fit best with Torres on the third line - Torres forecheck and hit, turnover, Samuelsson quick strike - an unconventional line that I thought worked well. I liked the fact that Samuelsson playing with Kesler also allowed Raymond to play his natural position - left wing - but it's hard to pass on the opportunity to pick up Booth, particularly when it was always uncertain whether Samuelsson was happy with his role. When he wasn't playing that well (which happened frequently because he is a very streaky guy), it became difficult to find a copacetic fit. I thought his best stretch as a Canuck came after his longest scoring slump when he had to dumb down his game and focus on contributing in a more rounded way. When he stopped trying to score, he complemented his line-mates much better. I liked him, but can certainly live with moving him for Booth. The right RW on that line, and it becomes very difficult to deal with.
Edited by Canuck Surfer, 14 October 2012 - 04:43 AM.