Are Gino or Brash Available?
Aaron Volpatti suggested that, “If he’s not going to drop the gloves, you can’t take a penalty.”
I’m actually tempted to commend Vancouver’s players for that type of reaction, as they’re right.
Retaliating against an agitator who refuses to fight back is what caused the Todd Bertuzzi/Steve Moore carnage.
However, it’s tough to shake the image of Vancouver getting bullied – not just last night, but in the Stanley Cup final last year.
For argument’s sake, let’s look at a few possible trade targets – all forwards, so they could theoretically play with the Sedins – that would help Vancouver protect its stars a bit better:
Chris Neil, Senators: No one could pry him away last season but maybe the Sens’ 0-2 start has Ottawa and Neil himself rethinking his future.
He’s a tough guy who at least has some scoring touch.
Jamal Mayers, Blackhawks: He’s not a true heavyweight but Chicago may be fine parting with him for very little after acquiring Daniel Carcillo this offseason.
David Clarkson, Devils: Clarkson would cost more but, as a guy with multiple double-digit goal seasons, could even play the wing on a scoring line while protecting the Twins.
Steve Ott, Stars: His role has shrunk in recent seasons but the former first-rounder can still play.
He could fill a Raffi Torres role as a Wildman who can score the odd big goal, lay guys out and scrap when necessary.