You know this must piss of OBrien, just signs a new 1.6 m mil deal and finds out he's now fighting for 6th/7th man instead of 4th/5th as he was when he signed. Either way the guys unhappy, either we keep him as depth where he doesn't get the icetime he wants, or we trade him just after re-signing him. After thinking about it I agree with allot of you that I wouldn't want to make any major moves on D, but one of Obrien, Lukowich moves either via trade (preferably) or waived/moosemeat.
Didn't we sign like 4 semi-NHL quality D that could play the 7th man role pretty well? Nycholat, Baumer, Funk and Rome? They're all Moosemeat for sure now I guess unless there's a big package deal in the works...
Also sounds like Gillis is planning on giving Schneider lots of rest time and wants to keep him healthy if it means sitting him in the box every few nights... come playoffs (not to mention reg season) we'll have a freakin sweet backend firing cannons at our oppnents, Schneider, Salo, Erhoff all have an absolute bomb from the blueline, and Edler & Bieksa also both have a big shot. Imagine a goalie having to worry about bombs comming from either side on the PP< not to mention Sammy on the halfboards... man this team is shaping up.
The Sundin talk.... if he comes back, call me crazy but I think we're contenders. Solid, deep offensive and tough D with a great top 3 forward lines and a nasty 4th line as usual. GOod mix of youth and age/experience, and there are a few more cup rings in the room now than there were 3 months ago... Have heard Van is still a frontrunner on Mats list, but how would we make the room is the only question... Would Mats perhaps take into consideration his contract last year and try to fit under the cap nicely for the benefit of the team and a real chance at the cup? Doubtful, but a man can dream
P.S. the NHL Canucks site
has interviews up with both Gillis and Gilman from today as well as Lou from Olympic camp yesterday. Seems both Execs plan on going into camp with all 8 D and think they will fit under the cap sans moves... Is this just lip service?
P.P.S. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiIHon7wDMk
Here once again, is Hitler's take on the sharks situation. Always good stuff.