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Canucks Trade Deadline 2010 Preview


Opmac

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The Deadline

March 3rd, 2010 at 12pm PST

The Coverage

TSN, starting at 5am PST on TV and live streaming on TSN.ca

Rogers Sportsnet, starting at 5am PST and live streaming on Sportsnet.ca

Some of the UFAs

D Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim ($6,750,000)

F Paul Kariya, St. Louis ($6,000,000)

G Marty Turco, Dallas ($5,700,000)

F Vyacheslav Kozlov, Atlanta ($3,666,666)

F Ray Whitney, Carolina ($3,550,000)

D Marek Zidlicky, Minnesota ($3,350,000)

F Fredrik Modin, Columbus ($3,250,000)

G Chris Mason, St. Louis ($3,000,000)

D Andy Sutton, NY Islanders ($3,000,000)

F Owen Nolan, Minnesota ($2,750,000)

D Mathieu Schneider, Vancouver ($2,750,000)

<img src="http://i46.tinypic.com/f3x74g.jpg" class="imageFloatRightFramed">F Keith Tkachuk, St. Louis ($2,550,000)

F Fernando Pisani, Edmonton ($2,500,000)

F Scott Walker, Carolina ($2,500,000)

F Raffi Torres, Columbus ($2,250,000)

F Doug Weight, NY Islanders ($2,200,000)

F Alexei Ponikarovsky, Toronto ($2,105,000)

F Marek Svatos, Colorado ($2,050,000)

F Jeff Halpern, Tampa Bay ($2,000,000)

F Wayne Primeau, Toronto ($1,400,000)

G Martin Biron, NY Islanders ($1,400,000)

D Garnet Exelby, Toronto ($1,391,666)

F Mike Comrie, Edmonton ($1,250,000)

The Needs

Last season, Mike Gillis did not make any moves at the trade deadline because he had already made his when he signed Mats Sundin to a monstrous one-year deal that would have been worth $8.6 million had he played the entire NHL campaign. But this year, he will be forced to make a move to rebuild or at least bolster the Canucks' third line unit. Centre Kyle Wellwood has struggled this season following a breakout 2008-09 NHL campaign when he had a career-high offensive output while rounding out his defensive game. Rugged winger Steve Bernier has not shown any signs of improvement despite losing weight and working on his shot in the offseason.

Depending on Willie Mitchell's health after the trade deadline, the Canucks may look to add a defenceman, but it is not a priority. The Canucks have Mathieu Schneider, a veteran of over 1200 NHL games, in the minors if they choose to recall him after walking out on the team in December. The team also has Nolan Baumgartner, Nathan McIver, and Lawrence Nycholat with the Moose who have seen ice time in the NHL before. Evan Oberg also made his NHL debut this year.

A third-string goaltender will be needed as well if Cory Schneider is packaged in a deal.

The Expendables

F Steve Bernier ($2,000,000)

F Kyle Wellwood ($1,200,000)

G Cory Schneider ($1,084,200)

F Jannik Hansen ($550,000)

The Unmovables

F Daniel Sedin, no-movement clause

F Henrik Sedin, no-movement clause

D Willie Mitchell, no-trade clause

D Sami Salo, no-trade clause

G Roberto Luongo, no-trade clause

The Rumours

D Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim ($6,750,000)

D Tomas Kaberle, Toronto ($4,250,000)

F David Backes, St. Louis ($2,500,000)

The Possibilities

The three players that the Canucks could target are Doug Weight of the New York Islanders, Keith Tkachuk of the St. Louis Blues, and Fredrik Modin of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Both Weight and Tkachuk will bring scoring depth, versatility, and leadership to the team. Modin is excellent at both ends of the rink and would fit seamlessly into the Canucks third line as well as providing the Canucks with another option on the power play.

Weight and Tkachuk are veterans of over 1,100 NHL regular season games played and have made numerous NHL All-Star game appearances. Modin has a Stanley Cup ring from 2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightning while Weight has one from 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes. However, injuries are a concern for Weight and Modin as for the past three seasons, neither has played more than 53 games.

All three players are reaching the ends of the career and probably could be had for a mid-round draft pick similar to Bill Guerin last year. Guerin was traded from the New York Islanders to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a conditional draft pick; a fourth round pick if the Penguins made the playoffs or a third round pick if the Penguins advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

Jeff Halpern of the Tampa Bay Lightning is a possibility, but he may cost more than the Canucks are willing to give up. Mike Comrie could probably be had for cheap, but his weak defensive game rules him out as a possibility.

Of Note at the Olympics

The font that the Canucks use for their jersey and promotion seems to be popular. The font is being used by the American, German, Slovakian, Russian, and Latvian national hockey teams on their jerseys.

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good post but it would be a lot easier to visualize picking up any of these players if you had the amount of their contracts left for this season.......i think seidenburg could be a good pick up.

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We need another defenceman, because I wouldn't feel comfortable with Rome playing during the playoffs, and a re-tooled 3rd line. MG's gonna be a busy GM.

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I don't think we stand pat this deadline, I'm expecting a few tweaks here and there. I'm going to watch the deadline show on TSN, as it is usually better.

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Why would Wellwood be expendable?!

Its essential to have depth at center.

And i dont think Gillis will piss off the owners by ridding the team of bernier....you dont sink $$$ into a player and then jettison him after playing not too well after an injury.

I dont think Gillis will do much...there isnt much to do....except maybe tweak his bottom 3....even then, that just be an exercise in futility as that line hardly get minutes anyways.

Depth at center and D is always a good idea.

And dony forget...Gillis, thank god, does not subscribe to rental players.

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Why would Wellwood be expendable?!

Its essential to have depth at center.

And i dont think Gillis will piss off the owners by ridding the team of bernier....you dont sink $$ into a player and then jettison him after playing not too well after an injury.

I dont think Gillis will do much...there isnt much to do....except maybe tweak his bottom 3....even then, that just be an exercise in futility as that line hardly get minutes anyways.

Depth at center and D is always a good idea.

And dony forget...Gillis, thank god, does not subscribe to rental players.

I totally agree. I don't see anyone that would be reasonably priced available, and I agree Wellwood is not as bad as people make out.He is also important depth at center which we need. If you upgrade you might still want to keep him. I also think that if bernier was put on the 4th line and they brought in Hansen to play with Wellwood and Demitra, the lines would then be more balanced.

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Why would Wellwood be expendable?!

Its essential to have depth at center.

And i dont think Gillis will piss off the owners by ridding the team of bernier....you dont sink $ into a player and then jettison him after playing not too well after an injury.

I dont think Gillis will do much...there isnt much to do....except maybe tweak his bottom 3....even then, that just be an exercise in futility as that line hardly get minutes anyways.

Depth at center and D is always a good idea.

And dony forget...Gillis, thank god, does not subscribe to rental players.

It's also unfortunate that the organization gave up second and third round draft picks for Bernier. If it was just the money i could see him being moved or something but they have invested to much in him.

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To Anaheim:

Steve Bernier

Kyle Wellwood

Jannik Hansen

Keith Tkachuk

To Blues:

Cory Schneider

2nd round pick from Anaheim

3rd round pick from Vancouver

To Canucks:

Scott Neidermeyer

David Backes

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The guy I think Gillis should target is Eric Belanger of the Wild. Impending UFA, who contributes offesively and is a top-10 faceoff guy. A package deal with him and Zidlicky would fill our most glaring needs (depth at center, and another R-handed offensive defenseman).

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Why would Wellwood be expendable?!

Its essential to have depth at center.

And i dont think Gillis will piss off the owners by ridding the team of bernier....you dont sink $$ into a player and then jettison him after playing not too well after an injury.

I dont think Gillis will do much...there isnt much to do....except maybe tweak his bottom 3....even then, that just be an exercise in futility as that line hardly get minutes anyways.

Depth at center and D is always a good idea.

And dony forget...Gillis, thank god, does not subscribe to rental players.

Can't disagree with that, but if we do pickup a veteran player like Tkachuk, Modin, or Weight. If the right deal comes along, I don't see why wouldn't Wellwood be traded since he doesn't really fit into the fourth line mould.

Though the Moose could use a first line centre.:o

Waive him after the deadline and it is 99.99% guaranteed no team will claim him on the way down or up.^_^

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