I think.... I agree that the Canucks are an impact forward away from being legit.
The problem of course is you need to give a lot to get a lot back.
What I would like to see GMMG go out and get is a legitimate 2nd line center. The Sedin Sedin Kesler experiment this year has shown me that Kesler is better used as a trigger man than a set up man. Where we get into trouble is when Torts starts juggling the lines and Kesler gets confused on whether hes a set up man or a trigger man.
Getting a legitimate 2nd line center gives us two main things. It allows Kesler to remain a winger and it gives us a legit 2nd power play group.
Ok. So who do we go out and get. More importantly, who is in the position to give up a top 6 center?
Dirty Jersey - Patrick Elias, 6'1, 190, age 37, 5.5M till 2015/16, NMC
- Worse contract than Booth's
- Underperforming on a shitty team (15gp, 4g, 7a)
- Unlike Sundin, still playing and I can see him being rejuvenated being on a much better team
Motown - Stephen Weiss, 5'11, 190, age 30, 4.9M till 2017/18, NMC, limited NTC
- **Concussion Risk**
- Horrible contract (based on current production)
- Severely underperforming for Detroit. (18gp, 2g, 1a)
- Extremely risky but we still have a compliance buy out.
Cowtown - Michael Cammelleri, 5'9, 180, age 30, last year at 6M, limited NTC
- I say no. Too small and a UFA next year.
The Peg - Olli Jokinen, 6'2, 210, age 34, last year at 4.5M, modified NTC
- Jokinen might not too bad and may not cost us all that much. We need size down the middle and he's that. He's shown in the past that he's has skills and it won't cost us both Sedins.
Carolina - Tuomo Ruutu, 6'0, 205, age 30, 4.75 till 2015/16, NMC
- He's a risk but according to SBNation, he's on the trade market. Could be the perfect swap for Booth.
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sbn ... block.html
Philly - Sean Couturier, 6'3, 197, age 20, 1.75 till 2015/16, entry level contract
- One can dream right?