Marek Malik has struggled mightily of late with the Canucks after a hot start, and just isn't playing with any passion. He's got good size and reach, and while this doesn't help Phoenix's crowded blueline situation, it could free up some other options for them to move. It gives the Canucks that tough defender we need who will clear the crease, which none of our defensemen(with the odd exception of Allen) does. The 4th round draft pick is to compensate for the skill differential between Malik and Ference.
5th Round Draft Pick
Stock may be undersized, but he can sure throw them and get the fans into the game. Given that he's currently toiling in the minors, a draft pick seems like a fair offer for them. The Bruins send Stock off to a team and give him a shot at the NHL, and get a draft pick in return. Very minor deal.
To Tampa Bay:
I like Ruutu and he's been playing very strong hockey on his line with Chubarov and Keane of late, but sometimes his aggravating tactics cause the other team to rough us up just a bit too much, creating even more work for our one or two overworked tough guys, namely Brad May. Andre Roy would give us a young, reasonably healthy, legitimate enforcer, allowing Brad May to return to his more effective bump and grind style of play, rather than being our principal enforcer.
Thoughts or proposals of your own?
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How about Malik and Sopel for Laraque, Ferguson and a 2nd Rounder or Horcoff/Chimera.
Ferguson and Horcoff... we aren't you're garbage men :p. I wouldn't do that one. Downgrade on defense, slight upgrade on offense, although if we trade for a tough forward, we gotta trade a forward... not enough room.
That's a bit more solid than we have, and it adds a veteran like Brown. Although we lose May, Brown would play a slightly bigger role. I think he's a UFA after this season, so that would be the one tradeoff.
Miz, I don't think Mair will be going under any circumstances. He's probably become the favorite of all the fans and is a great leader to the team.
You are probobly right. I'd still like to get Brown though. Sabres fans, go check out the Sabres board though, I just wrote a fairly long post about potential Canucks/Sabres moves that I think could be made this year. It's a good read.