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Anton Rodin

Dale Weise

Canucks 4th round pick


Nate Thomson

B.J. Crombeen

---Nate Thomson- pending UFA, Assets: Provides a lot of energy, can kill penalties and isn't afraid to rumble. Can line up both at center or wing and provides plenty of versatility to a lineup. Works hard and has sound fundamentals. Is good on face-offs.

---B.J. Crombeen- pending UFA, has the most fights this season. Assets:Has good size and likes to play a physical, up-and-down game. Has a meat-and-potatoes attitude, defensive acumen and a bundle of energy when on the ice. Can play either wing position.

Why Tampa does this trade.

-out of the playoff hunt will most likely loose both players in free agency

-Thomson is due for a raise, they cant afford

- Rodin would be able to make the Tampa roster next season

-Weise is an RFA

-Tampa has some serious cap issues next season . Stamkos and Vinny make 14+ million

Why Vancouver

- To get tougher

- In need of 3rd line center

- Gillis will be able to role all 4 lines

- about 600 000 over the cap but I'm sure Gilman can figure something out

My Custom Lineup


Daniel Sedin ($6.100m) -------Henrik Sedin ($6.100m)-------- Alexandre Burrows ($4.500m)

David Booth ($4.250m)------- Ryan Kesler ($5.000m) -------- Mason Raymond ($2.275m)

Chris Higgins ($1.900m)------Nate Thompson ($0.900m)------ Jannik Hansen ($1.350m)

B.J. Crombeen ($1.000m) ---Maxim Lapierre ($1.000m)------- Zack Kassian ($0.870m)

Andrew Ebbett ($0.600m) /


Alexander Edler ($5.000m) / Kevin Bieksa ($4.600m)

Jason Garrison ($4.600m) / Dan Hamhuis ($4.500m)

Keith Ballard ($4.200m) / Chris Tanev ($0.851m)

Andrew Alberts ($1.225m) / Cam Barker ($0.700m)


Roberto Luongo ($5.333m)

Cory Schneider ($4.000m)


CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)

(these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion)

SALARY CAP: $70,200,000; CAP PAYROLL: $70,853,833; BONUSES: $0

CAP SPACE (23-man roster):- $653,833

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I am okay without Crombeen, just get us Thompson




Higgins/Pinizzotto - Thompson - Lapierre.

Play that line for 80-90% of defensive faceoffs, we have a good faceoff guy for either side.

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I am aware of Thompson's faceoff prowess and his abilities on the PK, but he's a little undersized and a little slow for what our 3rd line needs. (Can he keep up with Booth, Raymond, Higgins or Hansen?). Granted I haven't watched the guy play much, but he seems like the ideal 4th line centre. We need to be able to roll 3 lines that can score. He seems like more of an energy player than a true shutdown centre. Anything would be an improvement though.

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I understand that your not familiar with Nate Thompson. Thats ok.

I will assure you, his underlying numbers are strong... Malhotra-like if you will.

As for Crombeen, no thanks we will keep Wiese, they keep Crombeen.

With that said, no way Tampa moves their heavy lifting 3C unless its a package for a better player.

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And your not bringing him inas an offensive player... Your bringing in a heavy lifting 3C. 25 points is pretty typical 3C production.

This is the guy who plays the role of enabler (which is something we really lack in Malhotras absense).

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Yeah, not on a Canucks team. The third line has to contribute offensively if you're going to win the Stanley Cup. See: Jarrett Stoll, Chris Kelly, Dave Bolland, Jordan Staal, Valterri Filppula.

Don't know where you are getting your standards from, but if you ask anybody else, 30-40 points is the typical production for a third line centre.

He's a fourth line fringe player on a Canucks team.

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You need to realize what kind of a player is needed on a third line on a Stanley Cup winning team. It doesn't matter what zone Nate Thompson and his quality of competition. It's the type of player we need.

We don't need a plug on the third line. We need a solid, two-way forward that can play in all three zones and do more than win a faceoff.

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I think a Nate Thompson, Paul Gaustad, Manny Malhotra type guy would be ideal for line 3.

Obviously a Stall/Bolland would be a dream come true.. But not overly realistic.

I guess our preferance for heavy lifting 3Cs is different.

If Tampa becomes a seller (which is quite possible) Thompson would be a very good target for MG.

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