THINK ABOUT IT
Our great big battleship (i.e. our offense) will be easily susceptible to getting scored on as we give up an asset (Edler) on 'D', along with Schneider, to get Nash.
Trust me - I get that line of thinking (assuming that is what you're getting at).
Maybe it's just me, but I don't think the Canucks would miss Edler all THAT much........especially when you consider how Edler has performed in the playoffs these past two years. Assuming Salo signs on for one more year, you got.....
I'm assuming that Gragnani will be significantly better next season, and I also assume that Tanev will continue to develop.
The defense should be decent enough and if it isn't, you can always use one of Hansen, Booth, Higgins, Lapierre, or Burrows to trade for a #3 or #4 quality defenseman.
Nash-Kesler-whoever (or Nash plays RW)
Ultimately - our defense should be as solid as it was even without Edler (whether we see guys like Tanev or Gragnani stepping up to make the defense as a whole just as effective as this past year, or whether we trade one of our forwards for a decent #3 or #4 guy)............AND, our top 6 forwards will be much better.
Anyway - that's just what I'd do.
The success of the Canucks defense these past number of years hasn't been because we had that #1 elite defenseman that could carry the load (and if we ever did, it sure as fuck wasn't Alex Edler). The strength of the Canucks defense has always been the fact that we've usually had 5 or even 6 defensemen that were worthy of playing top 4.
So.....without Edler, that's.
-Salo (protected minutes)
-Gragnani (if he gets better......which I think he will)
And if not - assets from a potential trading of one of Hansen, Burrows, Lapierre, Booth, or Higgins.
Bottom line: As long as the Canucks have
-One of Schneider or Luongo in net
-A reasonably healthy and deep defense (no superstars, but 5-6 top 4 quality d-men dispersed on our pairings)
-A reasonable bottom 6 that can shut down opponents.......as we had this past season
-Two dominant scoring lines (something that we didn't have this year and something that a healthy Kesler and Rick Nash will bring us).
Then I think the Canucks are good enough to win the cup.
RIP Creeper. You will be missed.