Good pick-up. This guy has been an absolute physical beast in the past, but hasn't played all that great in Philly in the last month. Was paired with Timonen on the top-pairing for some of the season though.
NICE pickup...could this finally mean the end of Nycholat in Vancouver? I really hope so, he is not an NHL calibre defensemen, IMO. Nice depth pickup, wonder what this means for the defense down the stretch? If we see SOB moved as rumored?
Most likely. Definite upgrade over Davison and Nycholat and not too far off from O'Brien in most areas. Could make O'Brien expendable for the right offer.
This is what I was thinking. Vaananen is a huge upgrade on Davison/Nycholat, though he's also a great stop-gap for all those short-term Salo injuries. Veteran, logged a lot of ice around the league, and known for his size and physical play (though he's toned it down this year according to Philly fans).
yeah people seemed confused as to why he was dumped, etc.
dont know much about him - whats his story? does anyone think he'll fit into our top 6?
Most Flyers fans didn't want to see him go but he's was the price they had to pay to get Briere back into the line-up. Solid stay-at-home type with great size and a bit of physical presence. Solid 5th/6th guy on mos teams.
Hey guys, Flyers fan here. We all loved the guy. Most of us wanted him signed after this year... but Stevens is a ****** and decides that he rather have Albert's ******** contract then Ossi's. He made few mistakes playing with Kimmo, and the only reason he got scratched was cause he had one bad game. Ever since then Parent has been very good so he never got back in the lineup. He is better then a healthy scratch I believe. I hope for the best =)
I do think he can still be a third pairing guy so something might be up...it at least gives Gillis some more flexibility. But I think in the end he will be the #7 guy down the stretch drive (i.e. if a D-man is moved there will be another one coming in).
This guy is a solid Dman. I was really pissed when we waived him and someone claimed him, but I'm glad it was the Canucks.
Ossi is a really good Dman IMO. Hes solid positionally, and rarely makes bone head plays. Very reliable.
The reason why he fell out of favor in Philly was because he wasnt using his size enough. That alone put him in the dog house of our idiot coach and then it all went downhill.
Eitherway, Hes a great dman and only 1 mill.
That sounds like what the Canucks need. They have enough guys who play physical on the back end. Vaananen sounds more reliable than SOB and probably a good partner for Bieksa. Someone who will stay in good position while Bieksa runs around.