Ossi Vaananen claimed by Canucks
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02-27-2009, 01:09 PM
Join Date: Jun 2003
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Nobody here has really addressed why Philly could not deal this suppossed outstanding defensive hard hitting d-man for at least a late round pick. Similarly, no one has addressed how it is that he ended up in the Canucks lap. Where are the Canucks in the waiver pecking order?
So far pictures and baby talk have not answered this.
It's been explained to you numerous times actually.
Briere was supposed to be activated tonight. Philly was maxed out as far as the cap was concerned, and every team in the NHL knew it, and thus were most likely unwilling to give up anything of value for players who would be on waivers in a couple of hours anyway. Somewhat ironically, Timonen now can't play tonight so the Flyers are forced to 'sit' Briere an extra night so they can dress Kukkonen, and have six defenseman. When Timonen is healthy Kukkonen will be sent down, and Briere will be dressed.
As far as Vaananen falling to us in the waiver wire - we're about halfway down the pecking order I would think. There are numerous reasons teams below us would pass on Vaananen (for example the Oilers have maxed out their pro-contract count and would have had to quickly ditch a contract to claim him). Additionally, many teams below us really aren't looking for playoff depth, and teams above us did not have the opportunity to claim him obviously. But there are a wide variety of reasons why a team wouldn't put in a claim for a physical bottom pairing defenseman.
You seem confused. Most of us are not claiming Vaananen is a great top-pairing guy like Mitchell. Instead he's an ideal 4-6 defenseman who can sub-in for the oft injured Sami Salo, and provide great depth on an already strong blueline where his deficiencies can be masked, and he can play to his strengths.
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