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[BOS - VAN] No, it doesn't include Lucic.

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RW Jannik Hansen ($2.5m)

D Ryan Stanton (RFA)


RW Brett Connolly (RFA)

Why does Vancouver make this trade?

At this time, the Canucks (when healthy) dress 5 right-wingers in Radim Vrbata, Alex Burrows, Zack Kassian, Derek Dorsett and Jannik Hansen. We call that a surplus. The team can afford to ship out one of the mentioned above, and not expect a drop in performance. Consider that several of these players share similar roles-- physical, agitating, net-crashing wingers. A surplus is the most logical area of any team to consider trading from.

At this time, the Canucks (when healthy) dress 5 defensemen in Dan Hamhuis, Kevin Bieksa, Alex Edler, Chris Tanev and Luca Sbisa. Ryan Stanton fell down the depth chart this year-- partly due to injury and partly due to Yannick Weber's noted improvement. With Frank Corrado pushing for a permanent role next season, the team is in a good position to consider trading the RFA rights for any of the latter three. I chose Stanton because he plays a physical style that seems appropriate for "Bruins hockey."

The truth? Vancouver's best move here is shedding some salary. Though it's not much-- the $2.5 million saved from Hansen's contract can be an important step in the right direction. Assuming the Canucks sign Connolly to a low-risk, low-cash deal (likely), they can utilize him in the top-6 which I believe, is the only role Connolly can play successfully. He is not suited for lengthy grinder roles.

Why does Boston make this trade?

Though the Bruins missed out on the playoffs, it wasn't by much. This team isn't as bad as everyone thinks and this would be a simple way of injecting new life into the roster. Hansen's speed and physical play is something that should fit the Bruins' forward depth-- he adds to their penalty kill and has plenty of playoff experience himself. At $2.5 million, the Bruins really can't ask for a more economical solution.

Stanton, much like the Badger and as previously mentioned, plays that "Bruins hockey." He's tough, he's got a mean-streak and he likes to hit. Consider the Bruins may lose Matt Bartkowski to unrestricted free agency this summer and need to extend Dougie Hamilton-- the team should be salivating at the thought of being able to sign a relatively cheap Stanton. He has shown himself capable in the past while playing regular minutes.

It's 2am. If you want more detailed explanations, I'm sorry but I'm going to bed. Discuss what you think.

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Connolly hasn't lived up to his potential and I don't see him accomplishing that in Vancouver. He'd be better off in Boston in a bottom six role providing secondary scoring for them. Pity that he got injured and was out for the rest of the season just a few days after being traded to Boston.

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Unfortunately, I think Lucic is the key player from Boston I want. His tenure in Boston has grown stale. I think the change would rejuvenate his career and bring back the Lucic of old. Left wing is a position I've always felt to be a weakness for us. He would definitely fill the bill.

I like the players going to them but I believe we'd have to add our first round pick to have a chance. I see him being better than anything available at 23 and has a lot of good years left. I would also want a third round pick from them. This deal, however, only makes sense pre draft.

Boston does this deal in a heartbeat. A second first round pick gives them lots of options to mull over. We get a premier power forward with plenty of toughness and grit. I can almost hear the moans and groans, but no one can argue that Lucic is a force and, alone, addresses our issues with the sandpaper side of the puck; a problem we've had for a long time. I can see a line which features Lucic and Kassian as it's wingers. I have a thought for it's center but that's for another thread.

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