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Not a huge trade, just a minor one. I was wondering, what would it take to get Shawn Matthias from Florida? He's exactly what that 3rd line center spot needs. He'd be awesome with Higgins and Hansen.

To Florida: Keith Ballard

To Vancouver: Shawn Matthias

Ballard goes back to Florida where he played his best hockey, and Matthias comes to a cup contending Canucks team who desperately needs size and strength down the middle. Is that a fair deal for both sides?

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I think that's a great idea, I actually really like Matthias' playstyle; I think he'd be well suited for the Canucks team.

I think the trade might happen, but if you added a 3rd or 4th round draft pick it would probably be a done deal.

Again, a great idea. :)

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Florida's already committing lots of money to their D group next season, and I don't think that they'll want Ballard back for Matthias who has played effectively for them when adding Keith doesn't add much to their back end:

Campbell, Jovo, Gudbranson, Weaver, Kulikov (RFA), Garrison (UFA)

plus he's not likely to fit in their Top 4, so they'll be overpaying for a bottom pairing guy like we are now.

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