After a month of hype, trade deadline day is almost upon us and with the recent news that Keith Ballard has been put on LTIR, the Canucks have no cap constraints heading into the deadline, offering wide fantasies on possible moves.
Since I fantasize about hockey all the time, I’ve had a lot of time to formulate five trades I would love to see the Vancouver Canucks make on Monday.
A few are blockbustery and a few are tweaks but all of them greatly improve the Canucks chance to lift the cup in June.
Mason Raymond for Steve Ott
The more I think about this trade, the more I like it. Mason Raymond simply isn’t a difference maker, the sample size is more than sufficient to prove this. Steve Ott, on the other hand, is a difference maker who dives in head first. He’s the kind of guy the Canucks needed in the Finals to reverse the inevitable every time Boston scored.
It’s tough to send Raymond off, like releasing your dog into the woods, but for Steve Ott, it’s a move I make. He can play all three positions up front, is adept at faceoffs (as he chirped in 24/7 “top five in the league, nhl.com, look it up”), and seems like he would run through a brick wall for the team.
Raymond would probably volunteer to run through the wall but hit it and fall down.
Bryan Allen for draft picks
Deadline depth should still be the number one concern in Vancouver. Keith Ballard on LTIR is nice for the cap space, but he’s still a capable defenceman no matter his wage and the Canucks blueline does not currently have the depth to deal with injuries.
The market is slim but Bryan Allen for Carolina is an intriguing option. He’s simple, effective, and a pure rental. If he had can be had for a pick or two he’s a very very safe pick-up and prevents Aaron Rome or Andrew Alberts from seeing extended minutes in crucial times.
Shea Weber for whatever they want
Of course I would make this trade. Who wouldn’t? (Well, Nashville probably). Shea Weber is the number one defenceman that has been eluding them since the Mike Gillis era began and the price for him could probably include every first-born in Vancouver if it came to that.
This is my pipe dream trade, but half the fun of the trade deadline is pipe dreams. Just ask Maple Leaf fans.
Cory Schneider for Vic Hedman
The problem with Shea Weber is that the Nashville Predators wouldn’t be interested in the Canucks biggest trading chip Cory Schneider with Pekka Rinne. The Tampa Bay Lightning however are very much in the market for a goalie with an aging Dwayne Roloson getting shelled on a nightly basis.
Victor Hedman hasn’t been a bust but he also hasn’t been a boom and the young Swede would probably enjoy the change of scenery to Vancouver.
The Lightning meanwhile get a franchise goalie and since these two teams rarely meet, the trading of valuable prospects will never come back to bite them in the ass directly.
Travis Moen for picks
Travis Moen is the cheaper Steve Ott and would help add some critical grit to the bottom six.
Moen has a cup ring playing on a fantastic checking line with Sammi Pahlsson and Rob Neidermayer in Anaheim and is a playoff warrior.
With the circus in Montreal right now, I wouldn’t expect it would take too much to pry him loose, unless a bidding war ensues.
I’d probably go as high as a second round pick.