Sunday, January 21, 2007

What should Nonis ask for in return for Bulis?

It is still apparent that Bulis wants to be traded. So let's rid ourselves of his inconsistent existence. Is Nonis going to trade him for immediate help, or future help in the form of a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick?
I'm thinking that immediate help is mandatory, especially in the scoring category, regardless of the fact that the Nucks are scoring goals recently. Perhaps a bit of playoff experience is in order as well.
The Canucks have $43,125,000 of spending for salary cap commitments, Bulis included. Bulis is taking up $1.3 million in cap space. So what could Nonis get for him, keeping in mind a fair trade for Bulis and what GM's may actually give up for him? (Bulis is a LW, and has 9 goals and 7 assists in 47 games)

- Martin Gelinas, LW. ($975,000) An unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. Wouldn't it be great to see Gelinas return for another stint? He's a gutsy and gritty guy, and can perform in the playoffs. He has 6 goals and 15 assists in 50 games in Florida this season. He's better than that.

- Trent Hunter, RW. ($1,000,000) The Islanders are suckers, aren't they? They'd land Bulis. Just ask for Hunter and offer Charles Wang a year supply of sushi to go along with the 'superstar in waiting-Bulis'. Hunter, who used to play for the Prince George Cougars, is seeing a decline in production over the past few years. But the hard-hitting 26-year-old would have better numbers with more icetime in Vancouver.

- Peter Prucha, RW. ($537,500) A Czech for a Czech. Prucha's role in New York is declining rapidly. He has 19 points in 46 games. His icetime has dwindled. We'll take him of your hands.

I'm out of ideas. Anyone else have some suggestions? One thing is for sure: It will be tough to move Bulis and get what 'we' would want in return. Those above examples could be filed in the 'not a f***ing chance' category.



At January 22, 2007 at 6:04 a.m. , Blogger hoopsjunky said...

I'd be happy with any of those guys, though getting guys like Gelinas (or Gary Roberts) would only happen if Nonis thinks the Canucks already have what it takes to go deep in the playoffs. That said, I'll be (pleasantly) surprised if there is a taker for Bulis and the 'Nucks get more than a draft pick back.

At January 22, 2007 at 8:22 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Do you think the Canucks could go deep in the playoffs? I am thinking it. At least they have a goalie that won't let a shot in from center ice! :)

At January 22, 2007 at 6:34 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are assuming Bulis has any worth!

Roberts would be the way to go. None of the other players would be traded for Bulis.

Hey, how about Sammy "MIA" Samsonov?

I hear he's more easily available than a 50 year old hooker with no teeth!

Doesn't put out as much thought!

At January 22, 2007 at 7:02 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets get Gelinas Back ! :)

He was full of energy and could pot an occasional goal every now and then !
probably more often than bulis does :D

At January 22, 2007 at 7:11 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

RC, I'm with Jenny on this one. I think we could squeeze Gelinas out of Florida for Bulis..MAYBE

Hey, Samsonov would be an upgrade!! You wnat Bulis back??!!


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