Ilya Mikheyev Posted September 5, 2015 Share Posted September 5, 2015 To NYI: Brendan Gaunce 2nd round pick 2016 Chris Higgins To Vancouver: Kyle Okposo Why? Okposo has been on the trading block for a bit, with his FA status pending. Around the draft, there were rumours they would move Okposo for a pick(s). "There's a lot of different scenarios that could play out," Snow said. "There could be a trade where we acquire a first or a second. We prepare the same way for this draft that we have in past drafts, because you just don't know what's going to happen." - NHL.com Some contribute Okposo's stats to playing on Tavares' line, but the year before Tavares was around, Okposo put up 40 points in 65 games as a 22 year-old. The big winger has always been highly touted. Not a bruising powerforward, but at 6'0 and 217 pounds, the right-handed goal scorer is great on the cycle and strong on the puck. Puts lots of shots on net. Could be the perfect complimentary player for the Sedins, especially 5-on-5 where their cycle is key. At 2.8M, he can fit under the Canucks' cap this year. The NYI keep Higgins who has 2 years left on his contract. As a team that struggles attracting UFAs without overpaying them, having a 35-40 point winger locked up is advantageous. Plus, they get a mid-2nd round pick, which is what Snow was looking for at the draft and a former 1st rounder who is showing good 2-way ability and is poised to be a NHLer, but not a top-liner. The Canucks have a logjam on both wings, but the left wing is especially bad with Sedin, Burrows, Higgins, Prust, Baertschi, Kenins, Gaunce, and Jensen all fighting for a spot, plus Shinkaruk in the minors as depth. With Vrbata likely on the way out at some point this year, Okposo leaves the Canucks some top-6 depth if they are truly gunning for a playoff spot, as Benning, Linden and Burrows have suggested. If the Canucks and Okposo are not a fit at the end of the year, he can walk and the Canucks will have that 2.8M in cap space a year earlier than they would have with Higgins, or he can be moved at the deadline for assets after putting together juicy goal stats while playing with the Sedins. The Canucks will have the cap space to re-sign him with the cap going up, and Vrbata's contract coming up. Last update on the situation came in late August: Despite recent reports suggesting that the New York Islanders and forward Kyle Okposo have begun discussions aimed at hammering out a new longterm contract extension for the talented, gritty forward, it seems that is not, in fact, the case. Arthur Staple of Newsday is reporting that there is "no truth" to rumors of extension talks between the two sides and that it's actually been "quiet for most of the summer" where Okposo's contract is concerned. Sedin - Sedin - Okposo Baertschi - Horvat - Vrbata Burrows - Sutter - Hansen Prust - Vey - Dorsett Kenins, Jensen A pretty solid forward group going into next season. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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