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We have a trade to announce: Samuel Pahlsson headed to Vancouver

Feb 27, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

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The talk of Samuel Pahlsson being available earlier this morning turned out to be true, but it’s not the Detroit Red Wings or Boston Bruins landing him.

According to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, the Vancouver Canucks have acquired Pahlsson from the Columbus Blue Jackets to help them out as a depth forward. The Jackets will be getting two fourth-round picks from Vancouver according to The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline.

Pahlsson has two goals and nine assists this season but scoring won’t be his mission with the Canucks. He’ll be suiting up on their third or fourth line and working at matching up on opposing scorers and winning faceoffs.

Pahlsson notes:

Is good friends with both Daniel and Henrik Sedin. The three won gold together for Sweden at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

— Was part of Anaheim’s checking line (along with Travis Moen and Rob Niedermayer) that proved vital to the Ducks’ 2007 Stanley Cup run.

— 34 years old, in the final year of a deal that pays $2.65 million annually. Has spent the last three years in Columbus, missing all of four regular season games over that time.

  1. hibackhand - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Steal. Good grab.

  2. mj6rings - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Listening to his interview, guy doesn’t sound that happy to be going to a contender

    • drewsylvania - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      Maybe it’s just Vancouver.

      To me, Sammy Pahlsson will always be “part of the lousy haul we received for Ray Bourque”.

      • kitshky - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:34 PM

        Ya I’d hate to leave beautiful Columbus to have live in Vancouver in the Spring … grrrooss.

      • drewsylvania - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:36 PM

        I meant the team, of course. Vancouver’s sights are a hell of a lot better than Columbus’, that’s for sure.

  3. captaincanuck84 - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Good pickup if he can play the way he has in past playoffs. Looks like Canucks are going to go with three scoring lines and a shut down checking unit.

  4. ikillchicken - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Not bad. It never hurts to add depth in the centre position. Didn’t cost us anything significant either. Doesn’t address our need for a defenseman though which is far more important than another forward. Maybe this frees up a guy like Raymond as trade bait though.

  5. hsnepts - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    if this is true, gives us with 6 centers – henrik, kes, hodgson, malhotra, lapierre, pahlsson

    i think it means we can play lapierre on the third line wing in a high-minute checking line.

    sedin sedin burrows/bitz – top scoring line
    higgins hodgson booth – secondary scoring line
    lapierre kesler hansen/burrows – big minute checking line – could be dubbed the hate line
    malhotra pahlsson weisse/bitz

    means raymond’s days are probably numbered. also, sorry to say it could mean malhotra sees limited games as well, if everyone is healthy

    • danphipps01 - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      Er, Kesler on the third? I know he’s having an off season, but I’d sooner drop Higgins to the third and put Booth back on his natural left to let Hodgson play wing to Kesler. Also, Lappy on his off-wing? I don’t see why you’d put him there instead of Pahlsson. Lapierre’s probably the better centre between the two, albeit not by a huge margin.

    • kitshky - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      Ya .. I was gonna say, I’m glad ol’ Harold aint behind the bench.

  6. hsnepts - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    you misunderstand – what i mean by a high minute third line is basically not really a third line in terms of minutes. dont forget – kesler is a selke guy. being a setup man is not actually playing to his stengths. hodgson is actually better suited to a scoring /setup role than kes.

    kes still gets the pp time with the sedins, but hes better off centering a checking line that scores on the counter attack. give him fast wingers that can check as well.

    meanwhile, hodgson and booth, who arent the best checkers, get the role as secondary scoring. call that the third line if you will.

  7. kitshky - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Well … I guess all this is kinda irrelevant now. Wow…

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