Interestingly enough, we don't really need one at this point, since we've got three serviceable top-6 guys (Vermette, Umberger, Brassard). The priority's a #1 defenseman, since the only guy we have with pretensions towards top-pairing status is Hejda, and he's more of a #2-#3 specialist. (That said, Moore and Goloubef are looking better and better every day...)
Of course, it'd be nice to have a legit #1C, but, y'know, first things first.
A new powerplay coach. Thats all we need. The roster is solid.
Ek has us in on Stepniak and/or Cogliano. We have enough top 6 forwards. I dont know where we'd get the money for one of these guys (barring a dumont trade)
At the SOTU Trotz said he will be running the PP this year. He also said we need to be less stagnant and take what the other team is giving us. I think having guys that like to move around and like to make plays will help matters. We still may pass too much but I think things will open up more with guys like Wilson and Lombardi out there full time.
2006-07 season:Nov 15 2006 at Cbs Nashville 5, Columbus 4
2006-07 season:Nov 18 2006 at Nas Nashville 4, Columbus 2
2006-07 season:Nov 20 2006 at Cbs Nashville 3, Columbus 1
2006-07 season:Jan 12 2007 at Nas Nashville 2, Columbus 0
2006-07 season:Jan 13 2007 at Cbs Nashville 4, Columbus 1
2006-07 season:Jan 18 2007 at Nas Nashville 4, Columbus 0
2006-07 season:Feb 25 2007 at Cbs Nashville 4, Columbus 3 (SO)
2006-07 season:Mar 10 2007 at Nas Nashville 2, Columbus 1
2007-08 season:Nov 10 2007 at Nas Nashville 4, Columbus 3 (SO)
2007-08 season:Nov 12 2007 at Cbs Nashville 4, Columbus 1
2007-08 season: Dec 23 2007 at Cbs Nashville 3, Columbus 1
2007-08 season: Dec 27 2007 at Nas Nashville 4, Columbus 3
2007-08 season:Jan 12 2008 at Cbs Columbus 2, Nashville 1 (SO)
2007-08 season:Jan 31 2008 at Nas Nashville 4, Columbus 2
2007-08 season:Mar 25 2008 at Nas Nashville 3, Columbus 0
2007-08 season:Mar 28 2008 at Cbs Nashville 2, Columbus 0
2008-09 season:Oct 17 2008 at Cbs Columbus 5, Nashville 3
2008-09 season:Oct 18 2008 at Nas Nashville 6, Columbus 3
2008-09 season: Dec 11 2008 at Cbs Columbus 2, Nashville 1 (SO)
2008-09 season:Mar 5 2009 at Nas Nashville 4, Columbus 2
2008-09 season:Mar 31 2009 at Cbs Columbus 2, Nashville 1
2008-09 season:Apr 4 2009 at Nas Nashville 5, Columbus 4 (SO)
2009-10 season:Nov 21 2009 at Nas Nashville 4, Columbus 3 (SO)
2009-10 season: Dec 10 2009 at Nas Nashville 4, Columbus 3 (SO)
2009-10 season: Dec 14 2009 at Cbs Nashville 5, Columbus 3
2009-10 season: Dec 31 2009 at Cbs Nashville 2, Columbus 1 (OT)
2009-10 season:Jan 26 2010 at Cbs Columbus 3, Nashville 2
2009-10 season:Mar 20 2010 at Nas Nashville 1, Columbus 0 (OT)
Kariya, for all the good he did here, was not the finisher we needed and still need. I can't tell you how many times Legwand and Erat sent him off to the races up ice and he didn't bury nearly enough chances. If he buries a few more, he probably hits 40 and Legwand and Erat are in the 70 point range themselves. With a history of wrist, hip and head injuries, I'd have to pass on him at this point. His quick release isn't what it used to be. We'll have someone here next year that will finish plays and is a true sniper.
I have always thought Nashville and Vancouver could be great trading partners. Both teams have an abundance of the type of player the other team needs. Neither wants to part with those players, but if they would, both teams would be a better team for it. Nashville's strength is in the area of top 4 defensemen. Vancouver's strength is in the area of top 6 forwards.
When I say strength, what I mean is that if the team ever traded one of the players from their strength, the team would not significantly suffer with the player they have who could replace the traded player. What I mean by the team being a better team is that the player coming would inprove the team's ability to win more than the loss of the player traded harms the team's chances to win.
Both teams are good enough as they are that they should make the playoffs. In other words, niether team has to trade, it is just that they would be stronger as a team if they did. Of the two teams, Vancouver is currently the stronger.
Nashville seems to need skilled, offensive forwards who will complement those forwards Nashville already has. That's important, it's not only the skill level Nashville needs, its how well that skilled player plays with Nashvilles current core forwards.
You rightly so point out that a player like PK is not the most suitable forward to fill the hole in your top six. He's still a great offensive forward, but he is not the finisher skilled forward a centre like Legwand needs. A forward like Sameulsson would fill that position far better. Not as flashy as PK, but he puts up the points. The other areas I see a need for Nashville is a need for more depth of top six prospects and a need to improve the agressiveness on the team both on the forwards and defense. Your team isn't small, but they don't use that size enough.
The Canucks need mainly two, maybe three areas of improvement. They need to dump about $2.5 to $3M of salary. That won't be that difficult, but they may not get full value for the players they trade unless those players are sought after by more then one team. The Canucks are still looking for a better 4th line centre then who they have now. Currently it is Rypien and he is far more suited to RW. Last, though the Canucks now have great depth on defense, both roster and prospects, they still lack a true #1 defenseman or even a prospect that likely can become a true #1 defenceman. Edler has the greatest chance to mould into a #1, but is more likely to peak as a solid #2.
Players the Canucks likely want to keep, but could trade for the right return (not all, but some) would be Bieksa (likely will be by Christmas to reduce salary. Hes a solid #4 with a mean, physical side of him), O'Brian (if Bieksa isn't traded - again due to salary), Samuelsson (hard to trade a cheap 30+ goal scorer), Hansen, Raymond, Hodgson, Schroeder, Shirokov (all great top six prospects, but you have to give value to get value). One Nashville player I could see the Canucks really interested in would be Jerred Smithson as a fix for out 4th line centre.