mangosteens Posted February 18, 2015 Share Posted February 18, 2015 In thinking about what the Canucks should do when Richardson and Bonino return from injury, I realized that this is the year where the Canucks could sell at the trade deadline to try and bolster their farm system or fill an organizational need. This is the list of "bottom 9" kind of players who are fighting for roster spots with their contract status if they are a free agent this year: Matthias (UFA) Richardson (UFA) Dorsett (UFA) Higgins Hansen Horvat Vey (RFA) Kassian Kenins (RFA) Bonino McMillan (RFA) I think we could trade one or two of the UFAs and still have a group that is good enough to make the playoffs. Even with keeping all the UFAs, the Canucks are not going to have a great chance of getting by the best teams in the west in the playoffs. So, management needs to be realistic about this season and the future. Picking up a young asset or two for players that will be gone in the offseason is something that teams that are looking to the future do at the deadline. I'm not talking about a full scale sell off, just selling some UFA depth to both acquire younger assets and free up some space so the young assets we already have can continue to develop and play. The play of Horvat and to some extent Vey has made one of Matthias or Richardson expendable. I lean towards trading Richardson, but would deal Matthias if the return was better. Dorsett is a guy playoff teams would want, but I don't think the Canucks have someone to fill his role should he be traded - so the return on Dorsett would need to substantial. When trading UFAs, the return is likely just draft picks. But, those draft picks could be kept to continue adding to our prospect pool or could be flipped for UFA help on the blue line. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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