Smashian Kassian, on 24 December 2012 - 03:39 PM, said:
To Vancouver: Derrick Brassard
To Columbus: Mason Raymond, Anton Rodin, 5th
Basically a swap of struggling players.
For Us: Brassard brings decent size, decent speed, and is a good two-way player. He can play either C or W. And since he known as a "pass-first" player he might be the solution on the 2nd line with Kes and Booth or else he can play on the third since he is reliable defensively.
For CBJ: Since CBJ got Anisimov and Dubinsky they have enough center's to fill Brassard's spot (And they also have Johansen, Prospal and Umberger who can play C) Raymond brings more speed to there line-up (Which doesn't have a ton of top notch speed), then Rodin is the sweetener who will get much better opportunities in Columbus.
1.) Brassard does have a lot of scoring potential, and he does have size, skating ability and flexibility in where he can play, which can be helpful as a 3rd line checker/grinder. Playing with Hansen and Higgens could result in him getting more than 14g 27a from last season.
Also, depending on the result of the assumed Luongo trade, Brassard could even find himself on the wing with Kesler and Booth.
2.) I am concerned about his +/- (okay, what can we expect with him being with the CBJ?), and also his results in the faceoff circle. Being at 45% could be as a result of his inexperience. Should it not improve, then this could cause a lot of problems as AV has liked to use his 3rd line in the defensive zone, and having Malhotra winning 61.7% and 58.5% of his faceoffs these past two seasons has been a real luxury.
3.) I would agree with eretz that Johansen looks to be the more desireable player, and I too would try to get him first and use Brassard as a fallback position.
As Playstation has pointed out, Brassard does carry an extra million (approximately) over what Raymond is paid. With this in mind, Johansen is actually paid less than Raymond, which is another reason to consider him over Brassard.
4.) I could see the CBJ raising an issue with Raymond. He has had two significant injuries (finger, back) which have had an impact on his play.
Raymond is also a UFA at the end of the season while Brassard still has one more full season before he hits RFA status (Rodin will also become an RFA at the end of this season).
I could see the CBJ wanting something a bit more than Rodin and a 5th to back the deal up should Raymond walk (maybe something as low as a conditional pick in 2014?).
Otherwise, an interesting proposal.
Following the Canucks since before Don Cherry played here.