hmm, not sure how i would feel about that, if true.
love volchenkov. hate to have another injury prone guy on the canucks, especially if we also bring willie back. if this crazy thing goes through, i'll probably also hate his big $5 million contract three years from now.
He routinely is near the top of the league in hits and blocked shots. I want him and I want him bad.
I want him too, but at the $5M+ he's apparently seeking, it's scary. The guy has missed an average of 16 games per season the last three years. Adding that to our already weak defense at a premium cap hit is a big risk.
If the Sens deal UFA D Anton Volchenkov’s negotiating rights before July 1, they’ll get a conditional pick for the 2011 draft. There has been mild interest from a couple of teams. GM Bryan Murray will be working the phones.
Trading Bernier and a pick to acquire Volchenkov's pending UFA rights is contrary to what Gillis said when asked acquiring the rights to Dan Hamhuis:
The scenario was suggested to Mike Gillis a day before the Nashville Predators traded coveted defenceman Dan Hamhuis to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Asked if he would part with a draft pick for exclusive negotiation rights for the pending unrestricted free agent, the Vancouver Canucks general manager said it wasn't a road he wanted to travel.
"First of all, I've never understood it from a player's perspective, unless there's only one team you want to go to," said Gillis. "There's an opportunity to overpay without understanding what the market is and it's not something I think we would do. But you never say never."
Also Volchenkov and Salo can have a running bet on who misses the most games due to injury:
Volchenkov's injury report since the lockout:
2010/04/01 Missed 1 game (upper body injury).
2010/03/30 Upper body injury, day-to-day.
2010/01/26 Missed 1 game (upper body injury).
2010/01/23 Upper body injury, day-to-day.
2009/12/01 Missed 14 games (dislocated right elbow).
2009/10/29 Dislocated right elbow, late November.
2009/01/27 Missed 9 games (shoulder injury).
2009/01/04 Shoulder injury, day-to-day.
2009/01/03 Missed 3 games (upper body injury).
2008/12/27 Upper body injury, day-to-day.
2008/12/19 Missed 2 games (lower body injury).
2008/12/13 Lower body injury, day-to-day.
2008/01/04 Missed 15 games (broken finger).
2008/01/01 Broken finger, day-to-day.
2007/11/30 Broken finger, sidelined indefinitely.
2007/11/29 Hand injury, left Thursday's game.
2007/04/03 Missed 1 game (headache).
2007/03/31 Headache, day-to-day.
2007/01/13 Missed 1 game (ankle injury).
2007/01/11 Ankle injury, day-to-day.
2006/11/30 Missed 2 games (lower body injury).
2006/11/26 Lower body injury, day-to-day.
2006/05/11 Missed Game 3 of Round Two against the Buffalo Sabres (head injury).
2006/05/10 Head injury, day-to-day.
2006/04/08 Missed 2 games (neck injury).
2006/04/05 Neck injury, day-to-day.
2006/03/30 Missed 3 games (slight concussion).
2006/03/22 Slight concussion, day-to-day.
2006/03/21 Concussion, left Tuesday's game.
2005/11/05 Missed 2 games (rib injury).
2005/11/01 Rib injury, day-to-day.
In a recent interview Volchenkov said he prefers to stay in the Eastern Conference:
As a defenseman in the Eastern Conference, is it tougher to play against the Western Conference opponents?
Hockey is a lot more physical in the Western Conference. And in the East it's a lot about skill and puck movement.
I am not saying that players from the East are a lot more skilled than guys from the West, but the main difference, in my opinion, is that hockey is a lot more physical in the West.
And if you were to leave Ottawa, would you prefer to stay in the East, or move to the West?
I would, to be honest, prefer to stay in the East. I wouldn't want to move too far. Once again, I don't know right now. We will have to assess the situation when it arises.
***** Yeah! This is arguably the best defensive defenceman in the league. There is no one in the league that can block shots and hit at a consistent pace like Volchenkov. In the playoffs, he blocked 32 shots in 6 games; that is an insane pace.
If true, this is like killing two birds with one stone-- acquiring a true defensive stalwart and getting rid of excess garbage(Bernier)