Friday, July 10, 2009

VanCan Free Agent Update

With the Sedin's signed it almost seems like mike gillis need not do much more. but we must remember that the canucks were only able to make it to the second round of the playoffs last season. and while the sedins, luongo, bieksa, edler, burrows and kesler are all young players that are developing, the canucks can't rely on in-house development to make it past the second round next season.

cody hodgson and michael grabner are both young players that want a roster spot next season. hodson had over 90 points in 53 game with brampton in the ohl this season. and in the playoffs he had 11 goals and 31 assists to lead brampton to the ohl finals. grabner is three years older than hodgson and graduated from the whl to play in the ahl. with the canucks farm team this season grabner had 30 goals in 66 games and had 17 points in the mooses 20 game playoff run to the ahl finals. hodgson and grabner both know what it takes to go far in the playoffs and could be great additions to the canucks next year.

however, you can't make friends with salad and you can't win a cup with prospects. that is why the canucks should land phil kessel, which eklund currently has at an e3. in 70 games this regular season for the bruins kessel had 36 goals. last year he had 19 and the year before he had 11 and cancer. currently the bruins are 100 g's over the salary cap and kessel is an rfa that has yet to be signed. canucks could tender him an offer sheet but that would require losing precious prospects. so instead we should trade schneider, and a first round and a second round for kessel. this makes boston happy because they don't have to absorb any salary to make the trade, and the canucks get a killer second line of samuelson, kesler and kessel. now all we need to do is reunite sedin, sundin, sedin and we will have the most confusing team from the perspective of a play-by-play announcer.


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