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According to Tom Gulitti ( BUF, CHI, DAL, WPG, PIT, PHI, MTL, STL had scouts at the VAN-NJ game. Nothing too much to worry about, but Vancouver had a scout at the latest STL-DAL game too. Could there be a trade in the works?

Maybe it would look something like this:


Jaden Schwartz


Zack Kassian

Shawn Matthias

(Add if needed)

Jaden Schwartz has that offensive upside in a Top 2 RW that the Canucks need right now, and Matthias and Kassian bring the grit and scoring capacity St. Louis needs to make a long playoff run.


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Could it be for one of these guys?

Jaskin - 21 year old, big strong Russian right winger, now has 9 goals in 31 games this season

Stastny/Berglund/Lehtera - 3 centers fighting for the middle-2 center spots on a packed St Louis team

Carl Gunnarson - with Shattenkirk and Peitrangelo eating up big minutes, and Jackman/Bouwmeester playing top-4 minutes as well, one of those 5 may be expendable and Gunnarson may be the odd man out. Still is a fantastic #5 guy for St. Louis though. The same could be said for Ian Cole (26 years old).

If Benning needs a quick band-aid fix for our defence who can help in the future, he should target Cole. Cole's getting bottom pairing minutes right now, despite being 26 years old, putting up 4 goals and 4 assists in 51 games and being a former 1st round pick. Gunnarson is another option but he's 2 years older. Both are quite big defencemen on the left-hand side and could be a quick replacement for Edler. St Louis are pretty perfect right now but they could always use more scoring depth.

TO STL: Chris Higgins

TO VAN: Ian Cole

However, if Benning wants some future, big talent and is considering moving Kassian, Jaskin is really impressing everyone at the moment. Asking price might be high, and he'd have to move Kassian or we'd have a log-jam of right wingers (Vey, Vbrata, Kassian, Virtanen, Jaskin) but I'm sure he could be had for an A-grade prospect or current roster player + good pick. St. Louis don't have much room up front, so Jaskin might be expendable.

TO STL: Chris Higgins (replaces Jaskin's production now) + 2nd round pick

TO VAN: Jaskin + 4th round pick

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