Question 3: Why do you ask?
JVR has played center in the past, just not in the NHL. He was actually rumoured to maybe be tried at center for the Leafs, although Carlyle has said he won't play him there to start the season.
Hartnell, I doubt it, but they have Briere, Giroux, Schenn, Couturier, Talbot and Rinaldo all on their team who can play center, so I don't think they're looking to see if Hartnell can take a faceoff.
There is a lot of talk about Bozak, Kadri, Gardiner, Couturier, etc. Although the Canucks have an immediate need for a 2nd line center, I believe it is short term. When Kesler is back in the lineup, the new 2nd line center quickly becomes the 3rd line center. I think we have a pretty good 3rd line center in Lapierre.
I don't see Bozak or Kadri as stars or even potential stars. That's a poor return for an elite player, which Luongo is. If the Canucks trade a star, a star, or at least a very high quality player should be coming back.
Gardiner has big potential but isn't a great fit with the logjam it would create at D and is one of very few good players the Leafs have. Couturier is a very good player who would fit very well here but I just don't see prying him loose from Philly.
Hence the question about JVR. He has high end potential, is a big body, can play wing or center on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd lines. I think he would be an awesome fit.
The question about Hartnell is only a conversation starter. I think he's a great player and he would provide something that the Canucks don't have enough of. I like players in the Neely, Roberts, Shanahan, Nolan, Brindamour, Tocchet etc mold,
Edited by Dynamic Innovator, 10 January 2013 - 12:23 AM.