Kevin Biestra Posted December 11, 2015 Share Posted December 11, 2015 As we know, the Canucks are in the midst of a supposed "retool on the fly," though there has been little in the way of roster changes thus far during the season: 20 years ago, they underwent a roster overhaul over the course of one season...Big moves, bold moves. Here is how it went down: July 1995: Canucks get ALEXANDER MOGILNY and a 5th round pick for Mike Peca, Mike Wilson and a 1st rounder. Mike Peca turned out to be a damn solid player, but getting Mogilny was like trading for...Malkin or something like that in today's game. Canucks get MIKE RIDLEY for SERGIO MOMESSO. Traded a part of the Canucks' heart and soul (like Bieksa) for a more skilled guy with constant injury problems in his time here. Momesso had a ton of heart, but Ridley was a real skill player. Nov. 1995: Canucks get ESA TIKKANEN for a 2nd round pick. Now Tikkanen is a player with a playoff pedigree. Remember how many 2nd rounders we tossed away under Nonis and Gillis for "an additional piece" for the playoffs? Tikkanen was a proven winner. Dec. 1995: Canucks get Jim Dowd, Frank Kucera and a 2nd rounder for JEFF BROWN and a 3rd rounder. Well, sometimes you just gotta trade a guy, know what I mean Vern... March 1996: The playoffs are approaching. We get MIKE SILLINGER for Roman Oksiuta. Boss move. We get JOE KOCUR for Kay Whitmore. Kocur could be seen as similar to Prust, but with low salary and we gave up our 3rd string goalie, not a guy who still seemed like a strong prospect until he made our judgment look really good by crashing his car and ending up in rehab. We get MARKUS NASLUND for Alek Stojanov. And you thought Mike Sillinger was a boss move? If that was a boss move, this was a Godfather move. That's how you retool on the fly. Of course they bungled it all by bringing in Messier and Keenan not too long thereafter. But tell me these didn't look like mostly genius moves at the time from Mr. Quinn. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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