Monday, February 27, 2012

Hodgson dealt for Kassian, Gragnani

The trade deadline has come and gone and the Vancouver Canucks were one of the major players. Early in the day, they acquired Sami Pahlsson from the Columbus Blue Jackets for prospect Taylor Ellington, and two 4th round draft picks. The largest deal and most interesting swap of the day occurred right at the deadline as the Canucks sent Cody Hodgson and defender Alex Sulzer to the Buffalo Sabres for Zach Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani.

In Hodgson, the Canucks forfeit a Calder trophy candidate and potential scoring center with strong two-way play and leadership ability. While Sulzer is a nice depth defender, Hodgson is obviously the main piece of this deal.
Let's break down three positives and negatives of these deals.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Canucks after Rick Nash?

As the NHL Trade deadline rapidly approaches on February 27th, many are speculating that the Canucks will be active players.  Most recently, TSN's NHL Panel and Eklund have been suggesting that they may be in the market for Rick Nash, the disgruntled (disenchanted?) Columbus Blue Jackets' forward.  But are the Canucks actually serious players in the Rick Nash sweepstakes?

I don't think so.

Don't get me wrong, Nash is one of the most underrated and under-utilized players in the league.  He proved in the Olympics right here in Vancouver that he is a solid two-way player with game breaking speed, power and skills, but how does he possibly fit within the Canucks' plans?