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*Note this is a Trade Deadline deal. Contracts are thusly prorated but are not calculated in this proposal.

The Summary:

Vancouver and Columbus aren't often trade partners. But both teams are in need of a few different lineup changes and could find a way to get a deal done.

The Canucks have a few different areas they need plugged-- this trade won't fix them all, but it addresses the bottom-6 forward group. The team needs a multi-purpose player who can do a bit of everything and it would be a bonus to acquire a forward who can play both wings.

The Blue Jackets won't be contenders this year. Maybe not even next. But they have a solid core of youngsters who will hopefully take some steps forward to their development in the coming years. Their biggest concern is on defense-- where only Ryan Murray is the only significant player on that corps under 25 years old. Savard and Proult are also under 25 yet aren't near the level as Murray is. Some youth could help out there.

The Players:

Yann Sauve is the forgotten 2008 draft pick. They say defensemen take longer to develop and that's been the case for the Montreal native. Offense and skating aren't his strengths-- Sauve is a big body that can clear the crease and provide insurance for potential partner Ryan Murray. Sauve has yet to find the proverbial toolbox for his skillset but the raw talent is still there; and perhaps a change in scenery would benefit him. In truth, with the amount of veteran players locked up for the Canucks on defense, it'd have been difficult for Yann to crack the roster anyways.

The Jackets are likely sellers this deadline and will want to ship out expendable players on 1-year contracts. Blake Comeau certainly fits in that category. For whatever reason, Comeau has been snakebitten in recent years and his scoring touch has all but dried up. But at 27-years old, he can still provide good depth in the bottom ranks and has the size to match-up against western conference teams. His $1 million dollar contract expires at the end of this season and he'll be driven to perform well in order to make bank this summer.

The Trade:

To VAN:

W Blake Comeau ($1m)

To CBJ:

D Yann Sauve ($709,000)

2014 5th Round Draft Pick (VAN)

The Reason:

Vancouver makes this trade to gear up for the playoffs. There's a need for utility players who can provide key minutes, kill penalties and score timely goals. Comeau may not be the top-6 player Vancouver fans are asking for, but for his affordable cap hit, he still provides excellent depth. As a former 22-goal scorer, there's still potential he can round into form playing under a system mandated by Tortorella. In past years, the Canucks have been largely out played by opposition bottom six forwards without having the kind of ability on their own checking lines to respond. Comeau is versatile and provides that insurance.

Columbus stocks up for the future and may utilize Sauve immediately after the trade. Currently, Sauve is logging key minutes for Utica of the AHL. Given their shaky defense, the Jackets could choose to call him up and see how he responds to NHL game play. At only 23 years old, Sauve has plenty of time to develop and playing in a quiet market may actually benefit him. With no pressure, it's easier to relax and just focus on playing and perhaps that's what Sauve needs. The fifth round pick is an insurance for Columbus-- there's not much of a chance that late round picks pan out but the Jackets need youth.

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*Note this is a Trade Deadline deal. Contracts are thusly prorated but are not calculated in this proposal.

The Summary:

Vancouver and Columbus aren't often trade partners. But both teams are in need of a few different lineup changes and could find a way to get a deal done.

The Canucks have a few different areas they need plugged-- this trade won't fix them all, but it addresses the bottom-6 forward group. The team needs a multi-purpose player who can do a bit of everything and it would be a bonus to acquire a forward who can play both wings.

The Blue Jackets won't be contenders this year. Maybe not even next. But they have a solid core of youngsters who will hopefully take some steps forward to their development in the coming years. Bobrovsky. Their biggest concern is on defense-- where only Ryan Murray is the only significant player on that corps under 25 years old. Savard and Proult are also under 25 yet aren't near the level as Murray is. Some youth could help out there.

The Players:

Yann Sauve is the forgotten 2008 draft pick. They say defensemen take longer to develop and that's been the case for the Montreal native. Offense and skating aren't his strengths-- Sauve is a big body that can clear the crease and provide insurance for potential partner Ryan Murray. Sauve has yet to find the proverbial toolbox for his skillset but the raw talent is still there; and perhaps a change in scenery would benefit him. In truth, with the amount of veteran players locked up for the Canucks on defense, it'd have been difficult for Yann to crack the roster anyways.

The Jackets are likely sellers this deadline and will want to ship out expendable players on 1-year contracts. Blake Comeau certainly fits in that category. For whatever reason, Comeau has been snakebitten in recent years and his scoring touch has all but dried up. But at 27-years old, he can still provide good depth in the bottom ranks and has the size to match-up against western conference teams. His $1 million dollar contract expires at the end of this season and he'll be driven to perform well in order to make bank this summer.

The Trade:

The Reason:

Vancouver makes this trade to gear up for the playoffs. There's a need for utility players who can provide key minutes, kill penalties and score timely goals. Comeau may not be the top-6 player Vancouver fans are asking for, but for his affordable cap hit, he still provides excellent depth. As a former 22-goal scorer, there's still potential he can round into form playing under a system mandated by Tortorella. In past years, the Canucks have been largely out played by opposition bottom six forwards without having the kind of ability on their own checking lines to respond. Comeau is versatile and provides that insurance.

Columbus stocks up for the future and may utilize Sauve immediately after the trade. Currently, Sauve is logging key minutes for Utica of the AHL. Given their shaky defense, the Jackets could choose to call him up and see how he responds to NHL game play. At only 23 years old, Sauve has plenty of time to develop and playing in a quiet market may actually benefit him. With no pressure, it's easier to relax and just focus on playing and perhaps that's what Sauve needs. The fifth round pick is an insurance for Columbus-- there's not much of a chance that late round picks pan out but the Jackets need youth.

sounds good

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I am not a very big fan of Comeau but With CBJ struggling we could add a bit more and add a

Guy like Anisimov and Dubinsky

Columbus probably won't get rid of Anisimov, he's a guy they'll commit to for a while since he was involved in the Nash swap.

And as for Dubinsky, he and Torterella are done professionally.

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How old is Jack Johnson? He's a pretty good young D man.

Comeau makes pretty good sense later in the year; once Horton returns on RW. They also might hang on to him if they ship out Gaborik.

But its quite possible for them to jump back into the play off race in the east? Their problem 1A is scoring and Horton will help that. You would think that Bobrovsky has the potential to regain some form solving problem 1B. And the east sulks, would not take much to go on a run...

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How old is Jack Johnson? He's a pretty good young D man.

Comeau makes pretty good sense later in the year; once Horton returns on RW. They also might hang on to him if they ship out Gaborik.

But its quite possible for them to jump back into the play off race in the east? Their problem 1A is scoring and Horton will help that. You would think that Bobrovsky has the potential to regain some form solving problem 1B. And the east sulks, would not take much to go on a run...

I'd say that of any eastern conference team that's going to jump on a surge, it'll be the Flyers. I just don't see the Blue Jackets having enough depth even with Horton's return to bounce back a significant amount.

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