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Canucks sign F Marco Sturm to 1 year, $2.25M deal
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07-01-2011, 05:47 PM
Join Date: Jun 2006
Okay, I'm going to take the glass half full approach to this signing, even though it means glossing over the amount of $$$ and the extreme downgrade in physicality represented in going from Torres to Sturm.
If Sturm is healthy, Gillis has added another versatile, two-way, hard working 20+g-40+p guy to the line-up.this also fits with my Big 3/Bottom 9 technique I mentioned in the Higgins thread (although maybe Middle 9 is more accurate). I'm going to run with this line-up formation until either a trade happens or the season starts because, well, its a way for me to see the glass as half full (considering our lack of true top 6 wingers to play with Kes) and because at this point the only way we are as good or better a team as last year is if an offensive rookie steps in and produces above his cap hit. So:
Sedin-Sedin-Kesler (eats up a min of 60/180 possible forward minutes per game)
I'm on my phonen so not sure what the cap hit is, but it fits with a bit to spare. Everyone except for Oreo would be good for 12-25 goals depending on ice time, with most of them having 20+ goal seasons already on their resumes. No slouches defensively either. When Raymond is backn either Hodgson can go down, someone else will be on LTIR or Gillis trims some unproductive fat. I know the Kesler with Sedins is a long shot, and would get broken up for shifts or games even if it did happen, but it would allow AV to really ride his best offensive players to the tune of 20 mins per night, while rewarding/demoting guys on the bottom 9 depending on who was going any given night. I've slotted Sammy on the 4th just to keep him healthy.
Whether Kes stays on the 2nd or moves up to play with the twins, it doesn't change the big picture. We're not a tough or physical team at the moment, but we should have four lines that can play effective two-way hockey and hopefully we'll always have at least 1 or 2 of our depth guys in a hot streak. Well, that's my glass half full take on the Sturm signing, take it or leave it.
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