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#1 Mookie Wilson

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:54 PM

With the unfortunate Malhotra news, the Canucks are now thin at centre. Kesler's return is timely, but there are still only four centres amidst the regulars, with only Ebbett in reserve. One injury and there is trouble.

I would speculate that Gillis will be trying to acquire another centre by the deadline. Ryan O'Reilly and Brian Boyle are the guys who immediately come to mind, but 28 other teams would be in on those guys. Who might be some other targets?

A left-handed, defensively minded centre would be ideal. With the loss of Malhotra, we no longer have a left-handed centreman to take defensive zone draws.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:56 PM

I've found out one can only spend so much time in one day on CDC before you get tired of this repetitive crap.

Edited by MaximYapierre, 14 February 2013 - 04:56 PM.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:02 PM

Marty Reasoner can probably be had for near nothing if you're desperate.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:08 PM

I would look at trying to get Jim Slater from WPG. He would fill the role perfectly.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:10 PM

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:13 PM

Trade for MoJo in Lu deal and play him as 3rd line C.

Schroeder is too small to be 3rd line C on a Cup team.The 3rd line C needs to be bigger, actually the whole line Raymond JS Hansen is too small.

Schroeder should be moved to the wing on 2nd line. This way the 2nd line will have a play maker on it.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:17 PM

I think we will only be getting a 4th line centre if we do acquire someone. As it stands right now, our top 3 centres are pretty set and they all contribute. The only reason we'd get a centre is as an insurance policy, our line-up when everyone is healthy is more than stacked

Sedin-Sedin-Burrows
Booth-Kesler-Kassian
Raymond-Schroeder-Hansen
Higgins-Lapierre-Volpatti
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:25 PM

Trade for MoJo in Lu deal and play him as 3rd line C.

Schroeder is too small to be 3rd line C on a Cup team.The 3rd line C needs to be bigger, actually the whole line Raymond JS Hansen is too small.

Schroeder should be moved to the wing on 2nd line. This way the 2nd line will have a play maker on it.



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Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:26 PM

We're fine.

This lineup looks great to me.

D.Sedin - H.Sedin - Burrows
Booth - Kesler - Kassian
Raymond - Schroeder - Higgins
Weise - Lapierre - Hansen
Volpatti, Ebbett.

I really doubted Schroeder at first but kids pretty smart and so far I haven't been disappointed.

Edited by Armada, 14 February 2013 - 05:27 PM.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:01 PM

hansen isnt gonna end up on the 4th line
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:08 PM

We're one injury at center away from catastrophe. Right now we have 3 full-time NHL centers and 2 fringe NHL centers in Schroeder and Ebbett.

Boston won the Cup with 7 NHL centers. L.A won it with 6, and Chicago had plenty on their cup run as well (I think 6). We will not win a cup with 3.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:09 PM

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:46 PM

......just shut up


What? you say that to my face I'd smack you... hard.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:06 PM

I desperately hope that MG grabs a guy before the deadline. Potential targets should be

Cody McCormick 1 yr @1.2m
David Steckel UFA
Marty Reasoner UFA
Shawn Matthais RFA
Mike Ribeiro UFA
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:24 PM

what is with these retards vancouver is deep at center we dont need any more centers sedin kes shroeder lapps higgins we are good if anything we need a upgrade on weise hes not tough wont fight anyone heavy weight is a plug we miss a big hitter physical force like torres
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:29 PM

what is with these retards vancouver is deep at center we dont need any more centers sedin kes shroeder lapps higgins we are good if anything we need a upgrade on weise hes not tough wont fight anyone heavy weight is a plug we miss a big hitter physical force like torres


Higgins hasn't played centre in a long, long time. And it's indicative that it has been Raymond and Burrows, and not him, who have stood in at centre for short stints. And I would say that neither Raymond nor Burrows was effective in that role. One injury, and either Ebbett is a regular or a valuable winger is playing out of position.

Depth at centre is as important as depth at defense. The good teams tend to have it.

EDIT: where did you go to school? I would be embarrassed if you graduated from a Canadian public school without having heard about punctuation.

Edited by Mookie Wilson, 14 February 2013 - 07:30 PM.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:35 PM

Unless an injury occurs, I think were fine at center;

H. Sedin
Kesler
Schroeder
Lapierre
Ebbett
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:04 PM

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:08 PM

Unless an injury occurs, I think were fine at center;

H. Sedin
Kesler
Schroeder
Lapierre
Ebbett


But chances are an injury will occur in the playoffs. I agree with the OP. Bring in a 3rd line centre, have him take Weise's spot on a healthy roster, then if a centre goes down we're still covered.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:15 PM

I've found out one can only spend so much time in one day on CDC before you get tired of this repetitive crap.


Why is this thread crap? It's a legitimate concern. Without Manny, Henrik is the Canucks only reliable left-hand faceoff option. I don't think anyone wants Henrik taking all the left-side defensive zone draws.

While we don't need a center per se, we could really benefit from a left-handed player who is strong on faceoffs now that Manny is out.

You can't have enough centers. Look at the last two Cup winners. They had an abundance of centers, many of which were forced to play on the wing.

For the Canucks, we could look at faceoff only type player like Reasoner or Steckel, maybe look at a solid bottom-six guy like Lars Eller or Marcel Goc.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:18 PM

Trade for MoJo in Lu deal and play him as 3rd line C.

Schroeder is too small to be 3rd line C on a Cup team.The 3rd line C needs to be bigger, actually the whole line Raymond JS Hansen is too small.

Schroeder should be moved to the wing on 2nd line. This way the 2nd line will have a play maker on it.


Size is less of a factor when you consider how well that line plays defensively. and there offensive output has them as the most productive line without the sedins on it. i don't understand, how much more solid does schroeder have to be before you realize the kid can really play? I'm totally comfortable with a third line that can score and shut people down. It would be pretty cool to have a line of 6' 6" pylons who spend the game gooning it up or being sent off. there gonna be shutting down a hell of a lot of guys from the box. meh.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:21 PM

I've found out one can only spend so much time in one day on CDC before you get tired of this repetitive crap.


yet you are generally the first response to these repetive crap threads.. and very rarely add anything of substnace to the conversation.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:05 PM

yet you are generally the first response to these repetive crap threads.. and very rarely add anything of substnace to the conversation.


With the unfortunate Malhotra news, the Canucks SEEM as though they're weak up the middle. But what people don't realize, is that Jordan Schroeder, Maxim Lapierre, Ebbett and Ryan Kesler are more than capable of filling the holes, on each line. Schroeder has been a decent fit on a second line that has looked somewhat like a revolving door. Speed, playmaking, and a couple goals has led to Schroeder cementing himself in the lineup. With Kesler back, Schroeder can easily play a third line role. This puts Lapierre on the fourth line at C, even though he was generally playing 3rd line minutes with Manny out. It's not absolutely NECESSARY that we need a left-handed centre to take the defensive zone draws. We haven't had one when Manny has been out of the line-up, what makes it all of a sudden so damn important now? Last I checked, Ebbett is a left handed centre. But I forgot, people in Vancouver are on his ass like everyone else who doesn't perform up to their high and mighty standards, and he's "not good enough".

He may be right, we may need to look into other options at centre down the road...but that doesn't make these proposals threads any less REPETITIVE.

Substance enough for ya? Jeezus tapdancing Christ.

Edited by MaximYapierre, 14 February 2013 - 09:10 PM.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:08 PM

With the unfortunate Malhotra news, the Canucks SEEM as though they're weak up the middle. But what people don't realize, is that Jordan Schroeder, Maxim Lapierre and Ryan Kesler are more than capable of filling the holes, on each line. Schroeder has been a decent fit on a second line that has looked somewhat like a revolving door. Speed, playmaking, and a couple goals has led to Schroeder cementing himself in the lineup. With Kesler back, Schroeder can easily play a third line role. This puts Lapierre on the fourth line at C, even though he was generally playing 3rd line minutes with Manny out.

He may be right, we may need to look into other options at centre...but that doesn't make these proposals threads any less repetitive.

Substance enough for ya? Jeezus tapdancing Christ.


So you feel comfortable having only Ebbett in reserve in case of injury?
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:10 PM

I would look at making a move for Mattias now. (In a non-Luongo deal) Or else maybe we should see if we could get someone along the lines of Kyle Chipchura or Petteri Nokelainen.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:16 PM

So you feel comfortable having only Ebbett in reserve in case of injury?


Unlike most, I'm confident in Ebbett full-filling a bottom six role if needed, until he TRULY proves he can't.

If he were unable to do it, then sure, go for a guy like Boyle or ROR.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:15 PM

I would look at making a move for Mattias now. (In a non-Luongo deal) Or else maybe we should see if we could get someone along the lines of Kyle Chipchura or Petteri Nokelainen.


I like the idea of acquiring Matthias, in a non Luongo deal. Just to add more depth in case of injury. With Shore playing pretty decent with the Panthers, maybe something along the lines of:

To Vancouver:
Matthias

To Florida:
2013 3rd Round Pick

Florida would still have Weiss, Mueller, Huberdeau, Goc, Smithson, Shore, and Hamill down the middle, with Bjugstad being ready next year. Plus they get a decent pick in a strong draft.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:27 PM

I like the idea of acquiring Matthias, in a non Luongo deal. Just to add more depth in case of injury. With Shore playing pretty decent with the Panthers, maybe something along the lines of:

To Vancouver:
Matthias

To Florida:
2013 3rd Round Pick

Florida would still have Weiss, Mueller, Huberdeau, Goc, Smithson, Shore, and Hamill down the middle, with Bjugstad being ready next year. Plus they get a decent pick in a strong draft.


Throw Ebbett in so we lose a contract, but yeah I would do it.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:50 PM

I never want to see Ebbett play another game with the Canucks. He brings nothing to this team - no offence, no defence, he's invisible out there.

Henrik has our #1 spot, Kesler has our #2 spot and Schroeder has taken the #3 spot. If any one of those guys get injured, the other 2 can fill in minutes as proven so far without Kesler.

After that, all we have is Lapierre and Ebbett. We've shown we can fill in an injury to Kesler, but now we don't have Malhotra for that 4th line to fill in, and I am NOT comfortable with Ebbett in our lineup at all.

This team needs to find a 30-40 point pace player or a real giant to play center, but more importantly someone who can play with versatility on the wing as well.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:53 PM

I dont know if he's available, but if Tampa starts losing, Nate Thompson would be a good temporary centerman. He was very good for Tampa in the playoffs 2 season ago, a very underrated utulity player and he's not even making 1m.

Another one would be Mathieu Perreault, I dont think he and Oats are in good terms and wanted more icetime. Maybe MG could get him cheap like a late pick or something.
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