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02-18-2013, 07:46 PM
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To Phoenix: Cory Schnieder, Anton Rodin, Bill Sweatt
To Vancouver: Radim Vrbata, David Runblad, Mike Smith
With both Phoenix goalies struggling this season, it threatens the team's chances of staying a playoff contender. Cory Schnieder is just the type of goalie the Yotes can build around. Phoenix also gets two excellent, NHL ready, prospects.
Vancouver gets an inconsistant sniper in Vrbata who may just need a changle of scenery.
Definately the Canucks could use extra scoring on the Kesler line. Not a hole in the Canucks lineup, but it is a weaker area of the team. Vancouver also fills another weak area by getting a good, young right side defenseman even though Runblad will be a RFA at the end of this season. If the Canucks can't re-sign him, the Canucks definately would be the losers in this trade. With Lack injured, Mike Smith is just included to give the Canucks a backup for Luongo this season. It could just as easily be Labarbera. Both are UFA's at the end of the season.
Boedker as a substitute for Vrbata would work as well. Basically the deal keys around Cory Schnieder for a winger suitable to play with Kesler, a 2nd/3rd pairing right side defenseman and a back-up goalie for this season.
In what way is Vrbata an inconsistent sniper who needs a change scenery? Phoenix is not an offensively orientated team. Verbata is currently leading the team in scoring. He's also been one of their most consistent scorers since joining the team. He's also on a money deal at 3 mil/season. You've essentially just asked for the equivalent of Burrows as a throw in.
Also, how often are RFAs not re-signed? Especially ones that have yet to have a breakout season? The odds of you not being able to sign Rundblad are virtually zero. A 22 year old with only 1 year of his RFA period burnt is not considered a negative.
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