Ilya Mikheyev Posted July 10, 2022 Share Posted July 10, 2022 (edited) To Arizona: Jason Dickinson, 4th rounder 2024, a low level prospect (Jurmo, Focht, Kunz, etc.) To Vancouver: Zack Kassian @ 50% retained (1.6 AAV) Why For Canucks - Dickie has been a failed center experiment, and they have too much depth on the W for him to play above the 4th line (Kuzmenko, Boeser, Pearson, Podkolzin, Hoglander, Garland, possibly Miller OR Petey) plus any FAs or trades. Canucks need more sandpaper/grit, something management has mentioned on numerous occasions. They lost Motte and have a spot on the 4th line. Kassian was still 2nd in hits for Edmonton last season and in the playoffs (after Evander), played every playoff game on a decent run for EDM (put up 4 points in 16 games w/ limited TOI). He can put up some decent offense for a bottom-6 player. Although he's been off the PK, MacLennan did utilize him on the PK regularly (on a fairly bad PK overall, however). This is still an overpayment for Kassian however it's at least money allocated toward a position they need to fill. With Deslauriers being linked to Edmonton and likely to get a longer term deal on the open market, Kassian is a slightly worse (maybe?) but cheaper, shorter term version of the same role. Lockwood and Kassian could compete for the 4th line and 13th forward position at camp. Kassian has overcome a lot since his last stint in Van, and was a well-liked teammate in Edmonton. At worst, Canucks clear some salary for a 4th rounder and can bury most of Kassian's AAV in Abby if necessary (and he'd be a welcome addition to Abbotsford's top 6, which is set to be undersized again this year). Kass is only slighly removed from effective back-to-back 15 goal seasons when he was given a bigger role. For Arizona - they milk more out of taking Kassian's salary. They also get a player who could bounce back in a non-pressure environment and a bigger role. Their team is awful and he would definitely see top-9 and PK time. Dickie did show tools last year, and some decent stints, but unless there's injuries in Vancouver, he might not get a chance to put together much TOI. At next year's deadline, they might be able to squeeze yet another asset out of Dickie, especially at - 50% at the TDL. Edited July 10, 2022 by Teemu Selänne Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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