Spock wrote:JS is an RFA - so he may or not be qualified I suppose. Given the overall limited depth the Canucks have in their system, I can't see him just being thrown in the junk pile. He is probably too small to be a true centerman - might not be a bad idea to try him on wing. Problem being - the Canucks are very thin down the middle as we saw last season.
Re: defense pairings - I don't know who Torts will put with whom. But there is a serious lack of depth at defense without Ballard and Alberts. I would not give Barker another sniff at the ice - he was atrocious.
I wouldn't mind the talent being spread out among the lines and rolling the 4 lines to see if they can get some favorable matchups against 3rd pairing defensemen....
I forgot that Schroeder is RFA. That changes things a little. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't he play a few stints on the wing during the WJC's? It's a while ago and I can't remember exactly.
I thought that Barker looked like a slower, and weaker shooting, version of Edler out there this year. I'm not saying bring him back, just that his hockey sense was often on par with our highest paid defenseman.....just fewer physical tools to go with it.
Depending on what happens with buyouts, trades, and free agency, the idea of spreading out the talent could be a good one. Right now we only have 3 players who can dominate the play to a degree that they would exploit a weak 3rd pairing. Henrik, Daniel, and Kesler. I think we would need one more true top 6 forward to make spreading it out worthwhile without sacrificing a lot on our top 2 lines.