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01-22-2012, 12:09 AM
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The Coyotes would like a centre in exchange for on of their spare defenseman. I'm assuming Coyote fans are seeking a top six centre for a third pairing or less defenseman - that's not going to happen at least not from a contender team.

The Canucks have a spare and still young at age 26 ligitimate top six forward in Mason Raymond. Mason currently is used as a third line winger, but is capable playing all three forward postions and the Canucks are not hesitant to use him on their second line. Mason is a solid two way forward, good both offensively and defensively, can play on the PK and is considered one of the fastest, if not the fastest player in the NHL. Raymond was seriously injured in the Cup finals, but has shown this season that he is fully mended and able to play at 100%.

At present the Canucks have no need to trade Mason. He not only provides 2nd line insurance should Booth, Kesler or Higgins get injured, Mason, Cody Hodgson and Janek Hanson together make a very formitable offensive third line. The Canucks have other players who could fill Mason's spot on the third line, but none are as skilled or versitile as Raymond. The only reason the Canucks would consider trading Mason is if the player(s) they got in return over compensated for the loss of what Mason currently brings to the Canucks.

The Canucks are a Cup contender team and have not glaring holes in their roster that HAVE to be fixed, but their is always room for improvement on any team. Picks and prospects are not attractors in any trade to a contender like the Canucks. Any changes to the Canuck roster has to return players who can play and help the team this season though picks and prospects can be added for balance. Gillis also has a policy not to trade picks for rentals.

From the current Canuck roster there are likely only four players Gillis likely would consider trading. Raymond, Ballard, Alberts or Maholtra. Cory Schnieder might be considered a 5th player, but it is highly unlikely Gillis will consider trading him prior to the end of this season and the playoffs. Raymond is by far the best of this group and would be included only to attract quality in return. Ballard is the next most skilled and is the least likely Gillis would trade of the group as though his style of play doesn't fit well in AV's defense system, he is still a ligitimate NHL top 4 defenseman and the best insurance the Canucks have should Hamhuis, Bieksa, Salo or Edler get injured. The main reason Ballard would be included in a trade would be because the need of the Canucks to dump salary for cap balance due to a large salary coming back to the team due to the trade. Though good support players, the Canucks can replace Alberts and Malhotra from the farm.

The areas that the Canucks would like to strengthen their team would be in order, a top 4 right hand shot defenseman, a top six power forward with grit, and a fourth line enforcer with speed and skill. These are not critiacal areas that need repair, but areas that could be exploited at times by various playoff teams.

Mason's overall trade value would be similar to that of Ekman-Larsson or Yandle, but neither of these two Coyote defensemen are what the Canucks would want in exchange for Raymond. Both are left hand shot defensemen and neither are an improvement over Hamhuis or Edler. Runblad (plus) would be of interest, but Runblad himself is no where ready to replace this season what Mason brings to the Canucks this season. The trouble is is that the Phoenix players that would interest the Canucks are nearing the end of their NHL career and basically could be considered rentals. In order for the Canucks to give up a very talented player in Raymond who will be in the league for a number of years to come, the talent level being transferred to the Canucks would have to be very loopsided in the Canucks favour for the short time they Canucks would have use of those players.

As such, either:

To Vancouver: Derek Morris, Shane Doan
To Phoenix: (subject to Vancouver first trading Keith Ballard) Mason Raymond, Manny Malhotra plus a conditional 2013 first round pick if Doan re-signs with Vancouver.


To Vancouver: Derek Morris, David Runblad, Paul Bissonnette
To Phoenix: Mason Raymond, Victor Oreskovich, 2012 4th round pick.

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