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Gillis says Raymond NOT available + likes depth on D and toughness

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02-01-2012, 01:18 PM
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To the people who say Raymond is useless, want to ship him out for spare parts, all I can say is thank **** you are not the GM. Raymond is one of the best backcheckers on the team, and along with Hansen makes Cody's third line a legitimate offensive threat, and a defensively secure line, which is everything you want a third line to be. Getting a guy like Moen for the fourth line would absolutely complete the forward corps, but you do not do it at the expense of your third line staple piece. Sometimes I'm not even sure if some people understand the game of hockey when I read this kind of ****. The price of players like Tuomo Ruutu, who would be a sideways move for a player like Raymond, is going to be driven sky high as he will be in high demand. Gillis will not mortgage our future just to make an extremely marginal improvement on an already near perfect third line. Some of you people need to consider the dynamics of how the team is built before you start yelling about shipping Raymond out of town.

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02-01-2012, 01:22 PM
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I think it would be foolish to trade Raymond. He has a pretty good deal for what he brings in terms of offensive and defensive capabilities.

I would be absolutely stunned if he were traded for a couple of rentals, it simply makes no sense.

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02-01-2012, 01:27 PM
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Only on a fanboy site like this one certainly is, would a flat statement like this be met with disbelief. Anybody old enough to vote should understand that you don't jettison a guy coming off a broken neck and still proclaim yourself to be a "player's team".

Gillis has set new standards in media relations in Vancouver and has not misled the media, ever.

Canucks are fourth overall. Why would Gillis wait for the deadline to pay inflated prices when the percieved "need" has been evident since camp? I think it is because he doesn't agree there is a need. He has said so more than once.

Canucks are obviously looking to ride a hot goalie this post-season. They don't need to shift any players to do that.

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