The Armchair GM Thread - Part XXX - Naughty Edition
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11-13-2012, 01:28 PM
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Bringing back the GM thread.....Addressing the D
On paper it looks like vancouver has sorted out the top 6 D. Looking closer there is cause for concern that the team really needs to address the right side of defence, both on the big team, and in the minors/propsect base. We have four top 4 that are more comfortable on the left (according to the Canucks D coach), and one on the right. Tanev is a third pairing D-man. One of Edler or Garrison will move to the right side and both have played there. Garrison being the newbie is most likely, though I don't mind the idea of Edler moving over.
Hamhuis - Bieksa
Garrison - Edler (or switch them)
Ballard - Tanev
It's pretty clear that a top priority for the Canucks is getting a right side D that can play some minutes on the third pairing when injuries strike. It may not be as critical as getting a 2RW or 3C, but it will be a problem if they don't resolve it. It would be a better situation to play everyone where they are strongest and only have them shift (Garrison or Edler) when injuries strike. Edler's contract situation will also dominate decisions about how to structure the D for this season and the next couple. An Edler signing makes Ballard available. Edler not signing, means the Canucks have to seriously think about moving him as they cannot afford to let him walk next summer. That would signal the last real shot they have at a cup for a while if they do.
Where does that player come from?
Currently, Carolina and St Louis have the greatest strength in the NHL on the right side of D in organizational depth or quality, while Pittsburgh are also blessed with great prospect depth. Phoenix also has some good depth in prospects, with Runblad in particular an enticing asset, though one with some serious deficiencies. Nashville used to have a ton of right side D, but only Blum and Roussel would be considered available and both have regressed quite far. Florida with Petrovic offer another intriguing asset that can play a two way game and offer a physicality that is missing in Vancouver. He is underrated but really needs a good year or two of development in the AHL.
The players I am interested in:
Carolina needs a quality backup goalie (Theodore, Neuvirth, Holtby, Reimer) and could possibly use a left winger if the Staals both play at center. They might be a fit for Raymond. They also have Dalpe and Boychuk which could be cheap lottery tickets to fill the open C/RW spot. If the Canucks get a goalie in part return for Luongo, this would be a good place to ship him.
I really like Murphy. he could be available in the right deal given the fact Carolina has a ton of offensive d-men on the big team and in the minors. They are the best fit for the Canucks to find a player they could use. Any of the above players could be available depending on the deal.
A Sanguinetti and Boychuk (or Dalpe) deal would not cost much. Sanguinetti is off to a decent start along with the rest of the Charlotte D. Both Boychuk and Sanguinetti were placed on waivers on September 15th before the start of the lockout. I assume this was done so they could play in the AHL. I am surprised that nobody took a shot at them, though maybe there was no time. Any other team placing them in the AHL would have to waive them as well.
Beiga and Alt are both still in college, but Biega in particular fits the Canuck playing style and would help down the road. Alt will likely be retained as his size is unique in Carolina's system.
McBain could be moved if Murphy is brought into training camp and impresses.
In Florida, any Luongo deal must include Petrovic. He's a depth asset and one the Canucks really could use. Petrovic, a 1st and Theodore? Petrovic, Howden and Theodore? I'd be fine with that kind of return for Lou.
Blum could maybe be had for Raymond if Colin Wilson moves back to center. Raymond is a Nashville type of player. I think Nashville has to add to that deal.
Mike Green would be a very interesting return for Lou if it included a goalie coming back as well. I think Washington would like to see how their two youngsters pan out, but if they struggle they would be a good fit for either Lou or Schneider. Green has some defensive issues (a la Jovo) but is the kind of PP QB that can replace the hole left by Ehrhoff whil freeing up Ballard or even Edler (if not willing to sign) for a trade. The salaries match as well. Washington's goalie included ina deal could be flipped to Toronto, Carolina or New Jersey or kept as a backup. This is my darkhorse team for Lou....ahead of either Chicago, or San Jose.
Rundblad for a return not exceeding Raymond would be fine with me. He still has a lot of work needed on skating and defensive awareness, but his offensive talent is off the charts. Can't see Tippet giving him a lot of room......Vinnie would have the same issue with him though.
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