Gradin's Van/NYI proposal
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05-11-2004, 06:33 PM
Join Date: Feb 2003
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Yes, you are giving up years, but one assumes that you would be looking for an in-his-prime veteran presence like Peca because you wanted to
actually win something
in the next 3-5 years. (A foreign concept to some on HF.
) Cairns is a spare dman, a #6, nothing more, but he does provide a physical presence.
Kesler and Allen would harken a different direction for NYI, as I am convinced this team does not have the required talent to win anything of note and they do not possess the desire to spend $$$ on proven NHL talent that wins Cups. So, a calibrated (modest) rebuild is in order. This would be a start. (I'd move Kesler to LW, though his #1 position is C.)
Reality is that this scenario deviates from NYI's "strive for mediocrity" strategy that they seem prepared to continue to pursue.
However, the good news is that it should satisfy some NYI fans who covet younger talent.
I don't know if the Canucks could part with that much youth though, especially at a position where the Canucks are fairly deep. I like Peca, but I, and most other Canucks fans, are probably not willing to part with the assets it would take to land him. He'd be a nice addition, but not at the expense of Allen and Kesler, that's a hefty price to pay.
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