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09-20-2011, 03:50 AM
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Lets not forget that the trade was made in the context that the Canucks were ready to compete for the Stanley Cup and the Canucks needed to improve their defense. Gillis made clear that he didn't want to gamble at coming up with no improvement to the defense after free agency period. Had Gillis known 100% that he would be able to land Hamhuis, Gillis likely wouldn't have made that trade. But he didn't know and didn't want to enter last season with the same group on defense.

As for Ehrhoff, the truth is that Gillis was never going to offer Ehrhoff substantially more than Hamhuis money. What didn't enter Gillis' equation was Bieksa's play last season. But really, who knew Bieksa would play the way he did in the playoffs and form such a strong partnership with Hamhuis?

As for Grabner, Gillis knew what he was giving up. He just didn't expect Raymond to go back to his old self and have Grabner become such a prolific scorer so soon.

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