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12-09-2012, 11:58 PM
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Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post

To Vancouver: Gillies, Cody Goloubef

To Columbus: Eddie Lack, Canucks 2nd round pick 2013
Eddie Lack would not improve the Jackets. He shows every indication over the next season or three that he will eventually turn into an exceptional NHL backup goalie or even maybe a middle of the road first string, but he brings nothing more to the Jackets than Bobrovsky already does. They are both similar in talent and development level. Lack will make an excellent backup to either Luongo or Schneider but Columbus really needs a solid first string goalie and most importantly that goalie should be able to mentor your younger goalies. The better a gaolie the mentor is, the more the younger goalie can learn from. Rather than Lack, you should be trying to get Luongo or Schnieder from the Canucks. As a Canuck fan, I'd rather keep Luongo than Schneider, but its close as both are exceptional goalies.

I'm surprised you didn't jump at my trade suggestion with Columbus. It is lopsided in favour of the Jackets. Other than Jack Johnson, who is a ligitimate #1 defenseman, Ballard would be your next best defenseman and even his style of play matches your teams defensive style. The fact that Ballard hasn't done well in Vancouver is not a knock on his skill level but more on AV's absolute insistance that our defense be made up of 3 right hand and 3 left hand shots and that all defensemen play a very strict rotating transitional game. Go on an individual break out run as a defenseman and even if you scored a goal, you could be riding the pine for the rest of the night. AV doesn't like those that don't stick to his game plan. On the Canucks Ballard just got caught up in a numbers game (too many top four left hand shot defensemen) and an untimely injury bug. Goloubef is not a better defenseman than Ballard. He's not even equal, but he is a right hand shot which Ballard is not.

The Jackets are a cusp team in regards to the playoffs. A bad run and you are out. Pulling out a few games from certain loss and you are in. A couple more improvements, especially in goal and the Jackets should make that next step of being a perenial playoff team.

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