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12-29-2012, 03:06 AM
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The Canucks would like a 1st or 2nd line RW and a bottom six centre, but do not NEED any forward. The Canucks do need an RD which Coburn can play plus the team needs to reduce salary by 2013-14 season.
Current Canuck centres are Henrik, Kesler, Higgins if needed, Schroeder, Malhotra, Lapierre and Ebbett.
Current Canuck players and NHL ready prospects able to play top six are Daniel, Henrik, Burrows, Booth, Kesler, Higgins, Raymond, Hansen, Kassian and Schroeder plus a slight possibilty of Rodin and Jensen. That is 12 players for six roster spots.
I believe Luongo will emerge the stronger goalie over the long run so would rather see a Luongo/Lack combo in goal.
Laughton is a decent 2nd or 3rd line centre prospect and though the Canucks are in a win now mode, our prospect depth also needs addressing.
Except we do not need a RD anymore than the aforementioned top six forward or third line center. And certainly not at the cost of losing Schneider. Despite our quasi-reckless abandon approach to defense, it has not been our Achilles heel. Coburn would either play on the bottom pairing or shift down one of Bieska or Garrison, neither of whom have any business playing there.
Higgins is a terrible center. I have been watching him since his career began and not once does he perform well in that position long term. Malhotra is a complete unknown due to injuries and remainder you have mentioned are either inadequate or unproven to center our third line. In short, you are addressing none of our actual needs and moving the only high ceiling asset by which to do so. Coburn would be wasted on our roster.
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