Noble 6 Posted January 21, 2016 Share Posted January 21, 2016 Ok, I just want to start off by saying the chances of this trade happening are slim to none. We all know Hamonic wants out of New York. He is a more physical version of Tanev, with a little bit more offensive instinct. He is signed to a great contract that still has some term left. Snow will only move him if the feels he can receive a similar caliber defenseman back. The Canucks need young, right handed defenseman in their system that are preferably physical. Ryan Pulock is all of those things. He is expected to get his first legitimate shot at the NHL once Hamonic is dealt, but the Canucks could change that. Both Hamonic and Pulock fit the Canucks need on defense both now and in the future with our new core. If we could somehow get both of them out of New York, I think we could: To NYI: Tanev Hamhuis (50% retained) 2.25 million cap hit Vrbata (50% retained) 2.5 million cap hit Higgins Briesbois 2nd Round Pick 2016 4th Round Pick 2016 To VAN: Hamonic Pulock Clutterback (cap dump) Bernier (cap dump) Total Cap to NYI: 11.7 million Total Cap to VAN: 7.357,143 million NYI Cap Space Post Trade: 0.753,167 million VAN Cap Space Post Trade: 1.842,857 million Why New York Does This: The Islanders go all in for the Playoffs this year. They get their lateral swap for Hamonic out of the way in likely the best way possible by receiving Tanev, and add veterans to every part of their roster. Tanev is likely the best defender the Islanders would get back for Hamonic considering age and contract. Vrbata provides additional secondary scoring behind Okposo. He would be much better off in a secondary role in the Eastern Conference. Higgins adds a veteran, two-way, hometown bottom-6 forward who can play in any bottom-6 situation effectively. Hamhuis can step into #4/#5 minutes on the blue line very effectively. He adds a veteran presence beyond the top pair to a young defense core. With these additions, the Islanders would be in good shape to do some damage in the Playoffs: Grabovski - Tavares - Okposo Kulemin - Nielson - Vrbata Lee - Nelson - Strome Martin - Cizikas - Bailey Leddy - Boychuk Hickey - Tanev Hamhuis - Zidlicky Why Vancouver Does This: By making a lateral move in trading Tanev for Hamonic, the Canucks put themselves in a position to also take Pulock. If the Islanders did not receive a defenseman of similar caliber (Tanev), Pulock would not have been moved. This allows the Canucks to receive the big, strong, physical, right handed defenseman in return. Pulock can also rip the puck. He would fit in perfectly with our new core. Our current lineup would take a hit: Sedin - Sedin - Sutter Baertschi - Horvat - Hansen Etem - Vey - Burrows Prust - McCann - Dorsett Virtanen, Clutterback, Cracknell, Bernier Edler - Hamonic Bartkowski - Biega Hutton - Sbisa Pedan, Weber Clutterbuck and Bernier can be traded/waived to create roster space. Our lineup does not improve this year, but it adding a defenseman like Pulock to our new core would be essential. He would be a good partner for Hutton moving forward. He could most likely step into the lineup next season. I know it's unlikely, but what do you guys think? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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