Tuesday, July 10, 2007

One more piece left to the Canucks' puzzle

The back end is now shored up, and DEEP with the addition of Aaron Miller yesterday.
But what to do about the goal-scoring issue, which became painfully clear in the playoffs. The depth chart up front reads as follows (using Mike's chart as a reference):

Dank Sedin - Hank Sedin - Taylor Pyatt
Markus Naslund - Brendan Morrison - Matt Cooke
Burrows - Kesler - Isbister
Cowan - Ritchie - ???? Jason Jaffray?? (Ryan Shannon, say, if they sign him.)

There are several angles here.

1. Nonis has faith that Morrison is a bonafide 2nd-line center and the Canucks go with the 4 centers they currently have.

2. Matt Cooke can improve upon his 10 goals and 30 points from last season and remain on line 2. If not, a top 6 winger needs to be acquired.

UFA wingers left who could fit in the $4 million price range:
-Martin Gelinas. (C'mon Marty, get over here!)
-Mike Johnson (no no, too injury-prone)
-Jeff O'Neil (no thanks, but a possibility)
-Teemu Selanne (big price tag, and would need to make some room)

Top UFA center available:
-Peter Forsberg (one last chance to reunite Pete and Markus)
-Mike Peca
-Eric Lindros (yeah right)

If certain RFA's become UFA's (or Nonis takes astab at an RFA):
-Dustin Penner
-Derek Roy (center)
-Jussi Jokinen
-Mike Cammalleri (damned straight)
-Pierre-Marc Bouchard
-Trent Hunter
-Colby Armstrong
-Lee Stempniak

3. The Canucks are content with their top lines, expect more of them, and sign a cheaper forward who could crack the top 6 if he plays well.

4. Jason Jaffray turns into the next Tony Tanti and sticks with the club.

5. Trade trade trade for a top 6 scorer.

What is going to happen? What would you like to see happen here?

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At July 10, 2007 at 3:04 AM , Blogger Mike said...

Pierre-Marc Bouchard already re-upped with the Wild...sometime last week.

The pickings are really slim at UFA now unless Forsberg really wants to play with Nazzy and can accept $1.5 to give it a shot. I'd prefer to see Nonis pull the trigger on a trade and get some real skill in there playing with Naslund. With whatever money is left, get Shannon in for two years and Linden for a farewell tour and it's looking pretty decent for the fall.

 
At July 10, 2007 at 10:37 AM , Blogger Magicpie said...

Personally I'd like to see them bring back Bulis.

 
At July 10, 2007 at 10:50 AM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I guess Bulis proved his worth in the last bit of the season and playoff huh? That he is a bonafide 3rd liner.

 
At July 10, 2007 at 12:17 PM , Blogger Magicpie said...

That's all I want him signed as. I think that Bulis's whole problem has been that he's trying to be more than he is (a scorer instead of a good two-way forward). If he
accepts that he's a good third-line two way forward and nothing more he'll be a very effective player.

 
At July 10, 2007 at 5:43 PM , Anonymous Temujin said...

I'm more than happy with Linden and Bulis.

and they are cheap, cheap, cheap!

 
At July 10, 2007 at 7:29 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Oh yeah, I always forget about Linden...I wonder why!!! ***hack-geezer-hack**
I'm kidding.

Not much word on him yet is there?

Isn't it amazing how many people want Bulis back now??? Wow. His play sure got better. I wouldn't mind seeing him play for the Nucks again either. But that will depend on the play of Isbister and Ritchie.

 

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