DownUndaCanuck Posted November 10, 2015 Share Posted November 10, 2015 We can all see the log-jam here in Vancouver up front, with Gaunce and Shinkaruk playing amazingly in Utica and still nowhere near cracking the roster. Virtanen and McCann are staying around, and the veterans are playing well, so we've just got a lot of value at wing which is being wasted. Meanwhile, we've got a gaping hole on defence which is even more apparent with injuries to Sbisa and Tanev.The New Jersey Devils are the opposite - they have a plethora of strong young defencemen but their forwards are ageing and they could desperately use offensive help, especially young guys. In the past I've said we should target Severson but now our main hole is a physical, shutdown right handed defenceman to play with Edler or Hutton in our top-4 in the future as well as now.I say we go after Adam Larsson, and go after him hard. We just saw what he's capable of first hand, he's not flashy but he's a dependable, consistent right handed shutdown defenceman with great size. Right now all our righties are tiny (in particular Biega, Weber and Bartkowski when he plays on the right) and no one really plays well defensively aside from Tanev and Hamhuis. Larsson is the type of defenceman who can play 20 minutes this season but at only 22 years old, he'll be on this blueline for another decade in our top-4. Subban is up and coming but still a long way away from the NHL physically, and I believe Larsson would be the ideal partner for Hutton. Of course, he could also play with fellow Swede Edler and leave Tanev and Hutton as a great duo. Suddenly we have two shutdown defencemen (Tanev and Larsson) and two puck movers (Edler and Hutton) who will be on this defence for a long time to come.Obviously taking their top pairing defenceman won't be easy and I think we'd have to pay them back with a defenceman.TO NJD: Luca Sbisa or Bartkowski + one of Jensen, Shinkaruk, Baertschi or GaunceTO VAN: Adam LarssonDepending on how much they want, I'd be willing to part with Shinkaruk and Sbisa at the very most, or Jensen and Sbisa at the least (maybe they throw in a pick as well). Shinkaruk is a fantastic future top-6 forward so I'd rather hold on to him. I don't believe Shinkaruk alone would fetch us Larsson and they'd need some sort of defensive compensation. Essentially we're upgrading a bottom pairing defenceman with the value of a top AHL scorer into a top-4 defenceman.At the most, Sbisa + Shinkaruk, at the least, Bartkowski + Jensen + maybe a pick, but I'd be willing to do any combination of those to land Larsson.This season:Edler - TanevHamhuis - LarssonHutton - Sbisa/Bartkowski (whoever's left) Next season:Edler - TanevHutton - LarssonHamhuis (cheap) - UFA Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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