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Are the Canucks about to become major deadline day players?

Feb 25, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

Mike Gillis AP

The Vancouver Canucks haven’t totally been floating out there in trade rumors leading up to the deadline, but things might be about to change.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that the Canucks have put defenseman Keith Ballard on long-term injured reserve. By doing that, Vancouver saves $4.2 million against the salary cap and thus freeing up space to potentially make a big addition at the trade deadline.

The Canucks have already been rumored to be interested in Dallas’ Steve Ott as well as Colorado’s Cody McLeod, but by freeing up this kind of cap space, there are bigger fish to go after. Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown and even Columbus’s Rick Nash are names that are popping up thanks to this new found financial freedom and, why not?

Just picture what Brown or Nash could do riding along with the likes of Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler.  Making that kind of addition would make the race in the West a lot more difficult for everyone else not named the Canucks in the playoffs. If Canucks GM Mike Gillis wants to become a big player at the deadline, he’s got the ability to do so in a big way.

  1. lolnowhy - Feb 25, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    maybe if they trade the Sedin girls they’d finally win a cup

    before you jump on me I want you to know that it took 6 games for Henrik to register a point in the finals. I guess he doesn’t realize that simply diving every chance you get doesn’t win games in the NHL

    • kitshky - Feb 25, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      They won more games than anyone else last season, 3 rounds, and 6 games in the Finals … come on man keep it fresh.

      • lolnowhy - Feb 25, 2012 at 6:17 PM

        did they win the cup?

        you can keep all your rhetorical excuses, start talking back when they’ve won a championship

      • kitshky - Feb 25, 2012 at 6:18 PM

        *3 games.

        Come on guys, edit button.

      • elvispocomo - Feb 26, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        @lolnowhy: Did 28 other teams win the cup last year? I guess all of them should trade their 1st line forwards that have shared Art Ross Trophies and won a Hart Trophy in the last two years also.

  2. dolphincult - Feb 25, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    maybe its just optics or leaving options open. The canucks are not going to pay the bounty being asked for Nash and the market for Brown will be very rich. By freeing up cap space, maybe they look like suiters and force the price up paid by other more interested parties. They arent gonna blow up that roster to add Nash etc

  3. t16rich - Feb 25, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    I dont care what Gillis does as long as Schneider and Cody are off limits. Worry about trading Schneid in the offseason.

  4. ikillchicken - Feb 25, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    I just can’t see making a major move for a forward. We’ve already got such depth there.

    A move on defence though? That I could see. Not really sure what’s on the market though.

    • kitshky - Feb 25, 2012 at 6:53 PM

      Ya I’d much rather see an addition on D. Altho, Nash with that lineup woouuld be kinda sexy as

  5. babar61 - Feb 25, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    No, the Sedins have not won a cup. However, they still have many years left in the NHL and have come within a game of doing it. I don’t understand when players are judged by how many cups they have won when they are still in the prime of their careers.

    Anyways, no way the canucks add Nash. I’m sure the blue jackets would want schnieder and CoHo…way too much. I would be happy with Ott and another defenseman.

  6. bompster42 - Feb 25, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    The sisters suck when the going gets tough just look at last years playoffs crying on every hit

    • elvispocomo - Feb 26, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      I always love the sisters comments, especially coming from someone whose mother clearly would have preferred sisters to one son.

  7. blomfeld - Feb 25, 2012 at 7:13 PM


    The Vancouver Canucks are currently the best team in the league … no two ways about it. Therefore Gillis would be a fool to mess with his current line-up, especially now at this point of the season, with the team finally firing on all eight cylinders. Therefore, the only trade I can see making any sense for the them is to ship Luongo back to the east coast this summer (ie: Schneider’s stellar play and unflappable attitude now dictate that “he” be the starter next season, thus rendering Bobby Loo and his $$$ as an unnecessary burden). I’m personally an ardent LA Kings supporter and as such, I have no qualms whatsoever about acknowledging the fact that the Canucks are currently the “best” in the league. They’d be crazy to tinker with that !

    • scottybcboy - Feb 25, 2012 at 9:36 PM

      The Canucks are the best team in the league right now. They were also the best team last year, well until the 2nd week of June anyway. Enjoy your back to back Presidents Trophys while someone else sips from Stanley.

  8. dropthepuckeh - Feb 25, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    The regular season trophy is awesome. Congrats.

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