The 3rd was a swap in the Kesler trade which was then moved to acquire Dorsett.
And the general consensus is, this is over-payment. From the Rags boards, Dorsett looks to be a good hard nosed shit disturbing player but definitely not worth a third. You also have to take into consideration that the Rangers only traded Dorsett because of cap concerns. Unless Benning knows something that nobody knows, this is not a good trade.
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The energy that Dorsett brought to the Rangers this post-season was very important.
How many 3rd round picks have never played in the NHL.....and wasn't this considered a weak draft?
And I will consider that the Rangers only traded Dorsett because of cap concerns.....tells me that they wanted to keep him but couldn't afford to do so.
This trade isn't a steal for the Canucks, but it will probably end up being fair value both ways unless Keegan Iverson turns into a good 3rd line center.
The 7th was a cast-off to dump Garrison and his salary.
I don't understand having to THROW in a 7th round pick and the rights to Costello to get rid of Jason Garrison. Garrison might have had a poor year (like everyone else on the Canucks) last season however, he's not garbage. Washington, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Islanders are teams that come to mind that could use an upgrade on their D.
The 7th and Costello (who?) were added to offset the cap-hit that Tampa was taking on in Garrison. He just became their second highest paid defenseman. It was a salary dump, pure and simple.
On my scorecard, Benning is 2 for 4 in trades. The Kesler trade was cleaning up Gillis's shit. Wish we could have gotten Smith-Pelly though. However, Benning gets a 1 for 1 in decisiveness. The guy doesn't waste time that's for sure.
For me he's 4 for 4. The decision was made that Garrison didn't fit, but Garrison controlled where he got to go thanks to the needless NTC that Gillis gave him. The only teams Garrison was interested in going to were the Lightning and the Panthers, and one of them didn't want him. I won't take credit away from a guy when he's handcuffed by another person's mistake.
If Dorsett adds that "Torres" factor that we have missed since Gillis decided that Raffi didn't fit here, then this trade is fine. We've lacked players that want to be out there just to stir shit up and get physical. It seems like most of our 4th line guys of late have been under the impression that they should be playing like the Sedins.
The Kesler trade is fine. Would have liked the 10th but we weren't getting that, especially when the whole world knew that Kesler was only willing to go to Chicago or Anaheim.
I don't really see the hype on Smith-Pelly. He might just be the next Joel Ward.