I really think this is what the Lou deal is all about from the Nucks' perspective. They want to add to the prospect pool for next year and beyond while adding to the current roster for a deep run at the playoffs this year.
So, just to talk it out, let's envision a trade as we've proposed, even though seeing so many moving parts go in a single deal is unusual to say the least, under the assumption that Florida is trying to clear contracts for the offseason:
2nd (I include this only because history shows our scouting staff has no idea how to use them properly anyway)
Upshall (could be considered negative value)
1.) I believe you would have to add a few contracts to the Canucks part, or remove a contract or two from Florida's offer. My recollection is that the Canucks are already at, or very near the number of allowed contracts so taking on three more from Florida than they are moving out would give Gillis a bit more scrambling to do. It's not anything too major, but it is perhaps most easily resolved by giving back some contract dumps to even things out.
2.) On a related note: assuming Shore and Petrovic are immediately assigned to the minors, with the addition of Goc, Upshall and Clemmensen the Canucks would be taking on an additional $450,000. Sending out a contract like a depth forward or d-man could give the Canucks a bit more breathing room.
3.) I'm not that crazy about Goc and I don't see him as any kind of a significant upgrade on what the team already has for bottom-6 centers. He's not bad in the face-off circle. I could do without him. If the Canucks were trading for a bottom-6 center (and they weren't going to use Shore in that capacity), then I'd prefer the went after Matthias. He's cheaper, younger, bigger, and comparable numbers to what Goc has put up.
Or, maybe Gillis could pick up a bottom-6 center in a different deal.
4.) Upshall does have a NMC/NTC so he may well not welcome being a part of this proposed deal. On the other hand, if it looked like the Panthers were going to blow their team up he might then be inclined to go to a team which could give him a chance to win a Cup.
When oldnews (I believe it was you) first started to mention Upshall as a guy who could be in this trade, I can't say that I saw the sense in it. The guy looked like a right wing version of Salo with all of the injuries he's had over his career. However, looking at his style of play, and the pretty good numbers he has put up in a limited number of games, I think he could be an asset to this team.
The only potential downside is whether or not the team can retain him under next year's salary cap.
Following the Canucks since before Don Cherry played here.