Sweatt can't be sent down now that he's on the roster after the deadline - and now that I think about it, neither can Tanev. Either something's not adding up here, or we're taking a huge risk that we won't have any medium-term injuries.
If it's true that a player doesn't need to be activated back from LTIR when healthy, just put Sweatt on LTIR and leave him ther euntil the post season
I'm happy as a pig in **** about the Higgins deal. Slots in and makes our 4th line better (3rd line is playing too well for anyone to slot in there) and provides a legitimate option to step up and help Kelser on the second line should Raymond continue to slump. To make it even better, it only cost us a 3rd round pick and a player too far down our depth chart to ever make a real impact on the roster.
Lapierre I see as having taken a high price, and it'll be interesting to see how his fit works. Hopefully he fits in well and plays to his potential.
The other thing Higgins can do is kill penalties. Can never have enough forwards that pay attention to the defensive side of the game. Both Higgins and Lapierre also bring speed and decent size to the table.
Good, solid depth moves by MG. Continues his "wait until the last second" approach.
I think that's right -- Higgins' flexibility is a key part of his value. He can realistically play on any of the bottom 3 lines and is a reliable penalty killer. He's definitely an upgrade on Glass for the 2nd line winger spot if Raymond needs to be moved down. Speaking of which, as much as I like that second line when Raymond is on his game, he's definitely seemed to contribute more when he's been on the 4th -- maybe that's just motivation or something, but I don't think it's crazy to try him on the third line either.
The depth has become impressive. And besides insurance for injury situation, I also see it as creating an atmosphere of big time competition for ice time. Gillis said that players will play the way they want them to play...or they won't play. Gold.
A little disappointed that we saw deals of this size from Vancouver, but guys like Winchester and Steckel were moved elsewhere when I thought that they'd have been better fits here. Also, I guess Reasoner was priced right out of the market, we got Lapierre cheap, but I don't think he is the 4th line rock we all point out as the weakness of that line.
Even with my mild sense of disappointment, we still did just fine value wise I'd say, didn't give up anything huge and got a reasonable return. Sucks about Oberg, but you have to give to get I suppose, and frankly I'm happier with him moved then Sauve or Tanev.
And the fourth line...
We have alot of flexibility now, going as a 4th scoring line or as a bang 'em up line. Heaven forbid Rypien comes back, we have an embarrassment of wealth in the physical aspect, and now more so with our overall offensive skill.
Higgins-Hodgson-Tambellini or Glass-Lapierre-Oreskovich, or naturally some variation there of, will give us a level flexibility that no one outside of the elite teams in the league this year can touch.
Do you guys think that Kesler and Burrows will be okay with an agitator in the lineup now? The two of them were asked to play the game, not the extracurricular activities. Do you think that they are going to be okay having an old version of themselves in the lineup?
I for one don't think it will be an issue, Kesler and Burrows have matured and will not be concerned with the behaviour of Lapierre. Also, I think that the leadership in the room will be all over him if he is not in line.
With the Flyers and Wings standing pat for the most part today, I think the Canucks pushed themselves back to the top of the league. Higgins is no Versteeg, but he's on pace for nearly 20 goals with no PP time, something that he may get here. There will be no pressure on him to produce so I see him slowly making his way up the lineup. He could replace Raymond or Samuelsson on the 2nd line if they get into slumps. I'm not too fond of Lapierre, but he's one of those Burrows-like players that you hate unless he's on your team. Nothing wrong with adding depth.
Higgins-Malhotra-Hansen (great checking line)
Torres-Lapierre-Glass (I love the look of this line)
Have the Canucks ever had so much depth at every position?
pretty good moves i think, displaced some ahl players with some nhl players. (hodgson will be an nhl player he's just mis-cast on the 4th line)
I'm surprised there aren't more people excited over the moves. We got two solid NHLers to fill bottom-6 roles, roles which Lapierre and Higgins should have absolutely no problem in filling. We can legitimately roll 4 lines now. This is going to be ****ing awesome.