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This is one guy I feel like Gillis should have looked at this off-season (after claiming he wanted to get younger and bigger) and should send an offer to next off-season, depending on his KHL contract term. I think he would jump at the chance to play in Canada and would sign in the $1M range.


- size - 6'3", 215 lb - same as Kassian

- skill - some of the most underrated hands in the league

- cheap - signed with Caps for $600,000

- still young (27)

- production - 40-50 points in his first 5 seasons, once reached 65

- playoff performer - 13 points in 22 games, not bad since he never played in playoffs 2 years in a row

- shootout magic - we are horrible in shootouts, he holds NHL season record for highest shootout %

- played under Tortorella in NY

WW has better hands than anyone on our team except the Sedins, puts up the same numbers as Burrows despite being 5 years younger and not playing top line minutes or with the Sedins, and is about a quarter of the price of Booth (assuming he plays top 6).

I know WW's been criticized for not playing well defensively, but neither do the Sedins, and that's something Tortorella's going to fix next season anyway.

At best, he would play top 6 (Wolski-Kesler-Higgins would be an amazing combination of grit, skill and speed) and MG would look like a genius for once. At worst, he would have a bad training camp and would be a depth winger making Tom Sestito money. A fresh start in a Canadian city playing top 6 minutes with quality players might just be what this former 1st round draft pick needs.

Thoughts? Take it easy, this is my first post.

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Good potential. But I don't think there's any room to sign anymore FWs.

Based on salaries, I see 8 FW spots locked.

FW- H. Sedin, D. Sedin, Kesler, Burrows, Booth + Higgins, Hansen, Richardson

The remaining 4 spots filled by a combination of:

LS- Guance, Sestito, Jensen, de Fazzio, Kenins, Blomstrand, Lain, Anthony, Archibald (RFA)

RS- Schroeder, Weise, Kassian, Santorelli, Hamill, Ferriero, Mallet, Grenier

D - Edler, Bieksa, Garrison, Hamhuis

Remaining 2 spots filled by:

LS- Sauve, Andersson, Tommernes, McEneny

RS- Tanev(RFA), Weber, Corrado, Polasek, Mullen, Biega, Blain

Canucks need to re-sign Tanev and they need to re-sign or replace Alberts. Because that D depth is pretty inexperienced and IMO much weaker than the FW depth.

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From his time in the OHL I was always a fan of his (partially because I loved his name). His injuries definitely hampered his long term development which is really a shame. I wouldn't mind us giving him a shot though. It seems horribly unlikely but if it did happen I would be all for it.

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