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12-31-2003, 03:10 PM
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A Canuck package of King and Allen could interest me
down the road.
King would offer another young winger to the Isles mix. Never going to be an elite player I doubt, but clearly NHL caliber (though he has hit a rookie wall of late) and less expensive. One guesses the Canucks would part with him, as they would be upgrading his spot with MP. Interest in Allen is for the obvious reasons. I could be willing to give up Parrish+ for that duo.
King is available IMO, but only if a better forward was coming in return, in this case I do believe Parrish is better suited for the Canucks 2nd line right now. But is Parrish worth that much more for the Canucks to add Allen to the mix? Not from a Canucks perspective anyway. King plays a similar style to Parrish and has proven that he can score goals at the NHL level, but like most young players he is inconsistent. On top of that King is 4 years younger, and about $2 mil cheaper. No way the Canucks add Allen to the mix unless the Isles are going to part with a similar d-man. If the Islanders are out of the playoff race by the deadline and looking to dump some salary and get younger, I could see the Canucks offering King and a pick/prospect for Parrish. Anything more is too much IMO.
Problem is what would the "+" be that would work for both sides. Likewise, seems like Allen is virtually an untouchable among most Canuck fans.
Allen is pretty much untouchable IMO. The Canucks have a lot of offensively talented d-men who play two-way games(Jovo, Ohlund, Sopel, Salo, Slegr, even Malik to an extent), but only Jovo, Allen and Ohlund play a physical style. On top of that, only Jovo and Allen play a nasty, in your face style. Allen is also starting to receive more ice-time, especially in crucial situations. He's starting to become a fixture on the penalty kill, which is among the best in the league. Allen is finally showing why he was picked 4th overall and why the Canucks have held onto him. I can't see him being traded.
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