Potatoe1 wrote:Tough move by Gillis, I guess we'll see.
This is the part that I have to admire - it is a very gutsy trade with the Canucks sitting on top of the NHL standings.
Trading a very good-to-great young center for a relatively unproven potential power forward is an incredibly ballsy move that you wouldn't see a Nonis (for example) make, so I'll give credit to Gillis for rolling the dice.
However, Gillis' risky trades are no picnic so far, about 50-50:
October 22 2011
To Vancouver: David Booth, Stephen Reinprecht, and 2013 third round pick
To Florida: Mikael Samuelsson, Marco Sturm
Great trade, in that Gillis gave up a mistake free agent (Sturm) and an aging, oft injured enigma in Samuelsson for a younger, drive to the net winger. Sure Samuelsson added to the powerplay, and could score goals, but he was also defensively irresponsible and breaking down due to injury.
June 25, 2010
To Vancouver: Keith Ballard, Victor Oreskovich
To Florida: Michael Grabner, Steve Bernier, and 2010 first round pick (#25 Quinton Howden)
What a terrible trade.
August 28, 2009
To Vancouver: Christian Ehrhoff and Brad Lukowich
To San Jose: Rights to Patrick White (now #25 pick in 2012) and Daniel Rahimi
Fantastic trade - Ehrhoff fit the Canucks like a glove, and helped elevate their powerplay to #1.
July 4, 2008:
To Vancouver: Steve Bernier
To Buffalo: 2009 third round pick (#66 Brayden McNabb) and 2010 second round pick (#55 Petr Straka)
Bernier never panned out to be the power forward Gillis hoped to acquire in David Backes, and Canuck fans can only watch the Buffalo prospects hit the NHL. Funny how Gillis hasn't tried an offer sheet since the John Davidson backlash...