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11-17-2012, 10:36 PM
Ricky Bobby
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Originally Posted by Numbers View Post
Canucks do not need depth defenceman. Hamhuis, Bieksa, Edler, garrison, Ballard, Tanev, Alberts. I really hope no one suggests this anymore. Also Gunnarson is very important to Leafs, and that should be respected.
The top 4 in Hamhuis, Bieksa, Edler and Garrison is just fine.

But that bottom 3 leaves a lot to be desired.

Ballard has been an absolutely horrible fit with the Nucks (for both him and the organization I hope he gets an opportunity elsewhere).

Tanev is a useful Dman but he has limited upside as well as experience. He is fine as a # 5 or 6 but if an injury occur having him play 20 minutes a night would be a bad thing.

Alberts isn't someone you'd even want in your lineup regularly.

Vancouver by adding Gunnarson would get themselves a # 4 quality dman who can fit into the cap structure of the team this year and beyond, he's good 5 on 5 and on the PK. He isn't good on the PP but you've got 4 great options so he wouldn't be needed there. The only issue with Gunnarson is that he plays the left side.

Gardiner and Phaneuf are both out of the question. Komi has a terrible contract. Liles contract doesn't fit within your cap structure and he needs PP that isn't available on your team to be successful. Franson has defensive shortcomings and needs PP time to excel (which he wouldn't get). Holzer is a project with limited upside and won't help much with winning now well your core is in its peak. So we`re left with Gunnarson as the best D to offer.

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