Bernier had a terrible season, but I am of the opinion that a lot of that had to do with his injury. He had a good start, and then started to tail off. He isn't much of a scorer at the NHL level, but he is a good hitter who could still end up scoring 20.
Grabner was on the verge of breaking out in my opinion. Not sure why so many people are devaluing him now that he's gone, but the guy did exactly as management told him. Mainly, he bulked up and learned the defensive side of the game. We have one of the deepest offences in the league and he did not look out of place at all on Keslers wing. He creates chances, takes tons of shots, and has shown his shot is quite heavy. The thing I liked about him most is his ability to steal pucks and his ability to put guys under pressure in a hurry, causing turnovers. Grabner has elite speed and good puck handling. All the kid needed was some consistency and better shot accuracy. I for one was very excited to see him next season, and will follow him closely in Florida.
I doubt he will amount to what he could have if he stayed here ( better environment) but I still have high hopes for him.
The first we traded was also very good value, and there were plenty of guys available at that spot. I was really hoping that the pick was moved to a 2011 first rounder, as that would have balanced this trade out, but I guess the guy we wanted wasn't there.
This is one of those trades where time will tell. I believe Bernier is a better asset than Oreskovich. As it stands we win this trade, as Grabner is a 2/3rd line tweener. But if Grabner becomes a player similar to Raymond and Howden becomes a top 6 forward as he is projected, we definately lose this trade.
I personally do not like this trade, as I believe Grabner has a very bright future and the players available at 25 also had good potential. While I know Ballard is good, I also feel people are over valuing him here. He is a 3/4 type defenceman on a good team, and will join Edler and Salo in that category. We gave up some good assets and we still lack a number 1 defencemen.
The only way I will be happy with this trade is if we sign Paul Martin, and Bieksa is traded. Seeing what Ballard got, Bieksa should be able to fetch a decent return ( obviously less).
Going into next season with :
And Bieksa traded for either a young roster player or a high draft pick. That would make this offseason a success.
For now I'm going to think of this trade as Ballard + Ehrhoff for White, Rahimi, Grabner, 1st and Bernier
Ballard is a solid defenseman, and I am thrilled we have picked him up. He is at a very reasonable contract for a nice length of time.
Dumping Bernier was great, but giving up Grabner was in fact a hit on the moneyball philosophy. Of course in order to get some you have to give some. I would have liked to see someone else dealt instead of Grabner but you work with the assets you have.
Good move overall -- will be fun to look at this in hindsight.
Dado would complain about a Crosby for future considerations trade.
I can see it now:
"Stupid move by Gillis, absolutely horendous. We took on an over the hill player making way too much and now we won't be able to give our prospects minor raises in a few years. Terrible, terrible move."
I honestly don't know how people can NOT love this trade.
Steve Bernier was a salary dump. He was the team's whipping boy and had way too big of a cap hit for what he did. He certainly wasn't useless, but he is a 1.2-1.4 million player, not a 2 million dollar player.
Michael Grabner was an average forward prospect. Honestly, how much value do you guys think a 1st round pick from from 2006 who has only managed to play 29 games in 4 years has? The guy is definitely an alright hockey player but he had absolutely no place on this team. He wasn't good enough defensively to play in the bottom 6 and he wasn't good enough offensively to push Sedin, Sedin, Burrows, Kesler, Raymond or Sammy out of the top 6. He would be at best relegated to the role of top 6 injury call up.
The first round pick is the only true unknown in this trade. I'm not too worried about losing a 25th overall pick. At the very best the pick will turn into a Keith Ballard level of player... in 3 years.
Mike Gillis identified a team weakness (Defensive defensemen) and used non-core pieces to fill it beautifully. I honestly don't know how you could dislike this trade. This was exactly the kind of move that the Canucks needed.
I disagree with the bold statement. Grabner looked great with Ray and Kes; fastest line in the NHL right there. Aaaaaaaaand, Grabs was finally learning to defend. He made some great takeaways on the backcheck and in the corners...but anyway, he's gone. I'm sad to see him go just when he's finally looking like an NHL player, but hey, we need a dman more than another forward.
Oreskovich projects to be a third liner, at most, and the Nucks already have plenty of defensemen, unless I'm missing something. This is just a head scratching type move and it seems FLA won this trade.