Feb 28, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT
Usually, the theme of most trade deadlines is “the rich get richer.” For the most part, this year’s deals seemed to focus more on contending teams taking a small step forward while cellar dwellers dumped salary as top contenders did very little.
While the top-ranked Vancouver Canucks didn’t make a splashy deal, they weren’t exactly idle either. The Canucks dealt both their 2011 and 2012 third round picks in separate deals to improve the consistency of their bottom six forward group, nabbing Chris Higgins from the Florida Panthers and Maxim Lapierre from the Anaheim Ducks. It looks like the Ducks will receive Joel Perreault and the ’11 pick while Florida will get the 2012 choice and defenseman Evan Oberg.
Both Higgins and Lapierre could make contributions and cause headaches in equal proportions for their new team. Higgins can skate like the wind and contribute a bit on offense (23 points in 48 games for the Panthers), but has also been described as inconsistent. Lapierre is a compliment Alexander Burrows, as he ranks as one of the league’s most obnoxious pests. He could be a nice fit in Vancouver because he is a reasonably efficient overall player (good skater, responsible defensively) but unlike Burrows, he won’t fill the net very often.
If nothing else, Higgins and Lapierre give the Canucks more options deeper in their lineup. Lapierre can also make a team that was already tough to play against downright unbearable.
- Gettin’ paid: Gardiner inks five-year, $20.25M extension with Leafs 8
- Report: Trottier to join Sabres’ coaching staff 8
- Blues sign former eighth overall pick Mueller 25
- Trotz plans to let Johansson, Kuznetsov, and Burakovsky compete for time at center 40
- Eric Staal has surgery to repair ‘core muscle injury’ 6
- After not seeing ‘eye-to-eye’ with Carlyle, Reimer will compete for No. 1 gig 16
- Two down, one to go: Wings ink Tatar to three-year, $8.25M deal 12
- Cashing in: Rangers sign Brassard to five-year, $25 million deal 63
- Subban not eager to discuss contract talks 34
- Leafs re-sign Reimer — two years, $4.6 million 22
- Cashing in: Rangers sign Brassard to five-year, $25 million deal (63)
- Avs and O’Reilly agree on two-year deal, but questions remain (45)
- Trotz plans to let Johansson, Kuznetsov, and Burakovsky compete for time at center (43)
- New Caps regime plans to keep Ovechkin at RW (for now) (42)
- Rangers and Kreider avoid arbitration, agree on two-year deal (39)