RoyalDude wrote:Just another classic example of the Vancouver Canucks not being a prospect/kid/rookie friendly environment. Bring in the old men to take valuable developmental time away from our kids, brilliant stuff Gillis. It's really great for the long term health of this franchise.
When did Holland and co ever let a young forward develop in the NHL? It could be to our benefit for our Fippula, Hudler, Abdelkader to develop and kickass prior to feeling the pressure and are ready to provide that second push to keep this in contention for another 5yrs while only adding spare parts (ie: Doan/Arnott) to supplant the "new core".
And it's not like we've got a bunch of prospects kicking in the door. Whose path, exactly, would Arnott/Doan be blocking at this point?
The only guy I can see who is maybe knocking on the door is Kassian, and his development would hardly be crippled by another year of shuttling between Chicago and Vancouver. Schroeder is still a big maybe, and anyway he can play center or wing. Jensen is probably a couple of years away. Gaunce? Friesen? Mallet? Rodin? That's not exactly a group that makes me believe there will be a big push coming that requires MG to clear the decks.
The following season would be a different story, at least I hope so anyway. Malhotra, Lapierre, Raymond and theoretically, Arnott would be on expiring contracts and by then I would expect AV and MG to leave more of a clear path for the guys I mentioned.
If MG and co. think Arnott can still play, and he is willing to sign a reasonable 1-year deal then I say go for it. But only if they strike out on Doan, of course