Hereís the story of how he almost didnít make it.
At the trade deadline, the Canucks were chasing Ryane Clowe. The New York Rangers ending up landing him even though, and this was reported at the time, the Canucks had offered the Sharks more.
With his NTC, Clowe had final say and chose NY for family reasons and probably also because he believed the Rangers were more likely to meet his demand as a pending UFA, which at the time was $34 million contract.
The Rangers got him for their second round pick in 2013 and Floridaís third, and a conditional pick that I think ended up being a 5th (donít have time to look it up).
I always wondered what the Canucks offered which they thought was a better deal. Well, tonight I was told it was their first round draft pick, which does make sense (how else were you going to beat a package that was essentially two seconds?)
It was the pick the Canucks used to draft Shinkaruk.
Now, just imagine getting swept in the playoffs with that stiff Clowe and then imagine seeing Shinkaruk, or whomever San Jose picked in that deep, deep draft, sniping pucks four a games a season in three years.
Personally not Botch's biggest fan, but found thks story interesting.
Imagine that, we would've have Clowe instead of Shinkaruk... (shudders)
Edited by Mattias ÷hlund, 15 November 2013 - 04:15 AM.