So we couldn't give Cody a shot at the 2nd line C, but Stephen Weiss will be able to just waltz right in there and bump Kesler to the wing?
I actually agree with you here King.
Moving Kesler to the wing is an absolute waste of his talent - he is one of the premier two-way centers in the NHL - a Selke for a reason. If anyone moves to the wing, it would be Weiss, and regardless, I really don't see him included in a deal. It doesn't make sense to either side.
Weiss is Florida's only veteran top 6 center - they move him and they are extremely young up the middle.
He's not a good option for Vancouver - not the third line type, not going to move Kesler to the wing, no need to convert him to a winger when there are much better winger options out there - and he's going to command too much salary when he re-signs.
I really don't see any chance Vancouver moves Hansen either. Makes no sense for the Canucks to move the two way RW stud.
If Luo goes to Florida:
1st, Matthias (for center depth - don't need a top 6), Petrovic, Upshall (Florida moves some salary, Canucks get some excellent two-way depth who can and has played a lot of RW).
Frattin, Bozak, 1st, and throw in the rights to Franson for depth.
The Canucks need a RW that can play in the top 9, possibly 6, they need another top 9 center to reduce the impetus that Schroeder steps in immediately, they could use a right side depth defensman but not as essential, and a future to compensate for the fact they are taking 'secondary' roster assets. I'd sacrifice the blue-chip for the balance that a deal like these would bring - the strong possibilty that one or two of those guys really excels in Vancouver - and in both cases they shed some cap.
Edited by oldnews, 06 January 2013 - 12:47 PM.