Canucks fans probably won't like this from the perspective of Raymond's potential, especially considering he's appeared to have regained his form from years prior.
However, Hecht can play center and is decent defensively, and the Canucks have an overload of wingers. Raymond needs to be re-signed next year and I don't think that giving him a raise would provide the greatest value for the Canucks, who will be tight on the cap.. The Sabres' season is looking a bit grim and it would be a bad move to get younger and see what Raymond can provide with some quick, skilled linemates.
Hecht provides some experience, he can skate both ends of the ice, and should provide a bit of stability in the 3rd C spot alongside some good young wingers. He seems like a player AV would enjoy having on his team, and wouldn't be a long-term commitment. He could re-sign cheap next year.
Appears to be an ideal deadline "hockey trade" IMO. Share your thoughts!
Last edited by Siludin: 03-11-2013 at 03:35 PM.
Reason: Fixing some wordiness
I think you underestimate just how many tweener wingers the Canucks harbor and just how few capable centers the organization has.
With Hechts age and statistics over the past few seasons I'm not exactly sure the Canucks would want to lose a trade for a guy 6 years older then the player their dealing, when they can wait for free agency and likely pick up a better center for nothing. Depends how much they want that centerman this season though.
So we should trade a 2nd liner for a 4th liner?
Pominville for Weise?
Weise is a standup 4th liner on the Canucks. On almost all other teams he'd be a third liner, potentially a 2nd liner on some of the weakest teams. I'm happy with him - he's fast, kills penalties, wins fights, hits hard - he could work on upping his energy level though...
Courtesy of Steve Bennett from the "Is Dale Weise the worst player in the NHL" thread.