underrated Posted April 15, 2015 Share Posted April 15, 2015 Offseason trades To Vancouver: Ryan Murray To Columbus: Kevin Bieksa, Zack Kassian Why: This is trying to buy low on a young stud defenseman. He is the former 2nd overall pick. He has had injury problems, and only played 12 games this year. However he is only 21 and will likely still develop into an elite defenseman. He is already a plus rating guy. We also free up 2.75 million in cap space and frees up a right wing spot, which we have an abundance of. Bieksa could use a change of scenery and is starting to decline in skill. Columbus gets a veteran defenseman who bring toughness and helps them make a playoff run next year. They also get a young power forward who can be a solid piece of their future. To San Jose: Higgins, 2015 first round pick To Vancouver: Patrick Marleau Why: Realistically the Canucks are locked into this core around the Sedins for the next 2-3 years, with their no trade clause's. Therefore adding a guy like Marleau who is around the same age, who has veteran leadership and scoring ability will help our push with this core before we end up re-building (or guys like Virtanen and Horvat really take over). Higgins frees up 2.5 million in cap space and the second line left wing spot for Marleau. For San Jose they get lots of cap space, a solid replacement player and a very valuable first round pick. For cap space we saved 2.75 million in the first deal. Higgins salary is 2.5 million and Marleau's is 6.67. So we have just under 1.5 million more cap hit overall, which is fine with the cap going up. Sedin - Sedin - Burrows Marleau - Bonino - Vrbata Matthias - Horvat - Vey Baertschi/Kenins/Hansen - Richardson - Dorsett Hamhuis - Tanev Edler - Murray Sbisa - Weber Stanton, Corrado Miller and Lack Overall Marleau adds much needed second line scoring up front. Murray gives new life to a defense instead of Bieksa plus he would be part of our core for the future. Overall these deals I believe are fair, and they make us better as a franchise. Marleau specifically for this next couple years with the Sedin core, and Murray filling Bieksa's spot now but also being a key to the future. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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