ververgaert wrote:I"ve always liked Eric Cairns. He's 6'6 241 tough as nails, mean, a defenceman who was evn or a plus in 40 + of his last 52 games on lower end teams. Pittsburg has him know, they got him from Florida for a 6th round pick. Maybe somone here could find out what he's making(damn cap). I dont think Nonis would have to give up too much for him. I dunno but there's one idea.
The lineup will struggle in the longterm if it is built for balanced scoring and team defense but has players like Peter Worrell on the wing and Yannik Tremblay on defense
magnum44 wrote:With Naslund still being the captain and offensive star of the team and the Sedins taking on a more prominent role I think we still need an enforcer around. Ideally it would be a guy who can actually play the game at a high enough level to actually be dressed on a nightly basis. I don't necessarily think you need a premiere heavywieght. Brad May, Darren Mccarty type middlewieghts will suffice. Those type of guys will take on heavyweights if they have to and usually lose but won't be humiliated. Between the instigator penalty, fines/suspensions to players and coaches and the "enforcers code" average players don't really have to worry about goons and should actually benefit from being matched up against them. Its the Ruutus, Gauthiers, Averys of the league and the callups looking to make a name that players need to worry about. Having tough guys doesn't really deter those guys all that much but not having them is just asking for trouble. I think the emotional boost a team gets from contrived heavyweight matchups is over rated, but seeing someone passionately stick up for a team mate after a cheap hit, kick the shit out of a pest, etc does provide a definate boost to energy levels.
Bartman wrote:Personally I don't agree but for arguments sake let's assume both that you are correct and that Nonis is going to address the situation. Who would you recommend that he goes after?
Canuck2 wrote:Strike Peat off my list, he just signed with Carolina. In a strange way, I hope a team like Calgary comes into GM Place and just tears the Canucks apart, inflicting some real hurt on some of the players making $3million+...Nonis not addressing the lack of toughness on this team is really starting to piss me off.
Canuck2 wrote:Matt Kassian - 6'4" 236lbs
Minnesota property but they have Boogard already. Ex-Vancouver Giant. Maybe not yet ready for the NHL but would love to see this guy in a Moose jersey.