DownUndaCanuck Posted November 15, 2015 Share Posted November 15, 2015 Obviously Florida love their kid Ekblad and he's their franchise player, but he's exactly what this Canucks team need right now. Our needs on defence are far more than needs on offence, and it'd take a lot to get a franchise defenceman.TO VAN: Aaron EkbladTO FLA: Hamhuis + Virtanen + Vbrata + 1st + 2nd I would have suggested McCann but Florida have plenty of good young centers, Virtanen would look much nicer over there.Why Florida do it? They probably shouldn't, but those are a LOT of high quality pieces Vancouver's offering. No player should be untouchable, Ekblad is close but this trade is essentially (value wise) 2 or 3 first round picks plus two 2nd round picks in value from Vancouver for a high first round pick.Why Vancouver do it? You have to pay quality and quantity to get a guy like Ekblad and he would fill the single biggest hole we have right now - right handed top-4 young defenceman. If I were JB I'd do anything in my power to get anyone who can fill that need and we've got the pieces right now. Hamhuis and Vbrata are replaceable (Hamhuis directly by Ekblad, Vbrata by Shinkaruk/Gaunce and the kids). Virtanen's loss would hurt, even I'll admit that, but Boeser's having a hell of a year, as are Shinkaruk and Gaunce and Baertschi as well. We've got PLENTY of depth on the wing - something the Panthers lack a bit.FLORIDA LINEUP:Jagr - Trocheck - JokinenHuberdeau - Bjugstad - VbrataSmith - Barkov - PirriHowden - Bolland - Virtanen Campbell - GudbransonHamhuis - KulikovMitchell - Petrovic+ 1st round pick + 2nd round pick VANCOUVER LINEUP:Sedin - Sedin - HansenShinkaruk - Sutter - BurrowsBaertschi - Horvat - HigginsDorsett - McCann - Prust Edler - EkbladHutton - TanevSbisa - WeberBartkowski More than anything else I'm trying to highlight the need for a top-4 right handed defenceman and that we have PLENTY of valuable assets we can part with and fill from within, mainly wingers. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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