There were a couple of trade rumors involving the Canucks going around this weekend. One involved Nik Antropov of the Toronto Maple Leafs; the other involved Tim Connolly of the Buffalo Sabres. Both names are intriguing but both rumors also came from everyone’s favorite (hah!) rumor-monger so you can judge them for credibility for yourself.
The first rumor had the Canucks giving up a prospect and a 1st round draft pick for Antropov. Now that may be what Burkie is asking for, but I can guarantee you that Mike Gillis hung up the phone right after that. As we all know, the Canucks prospect pool isn’t that deep (that’s another post for another day) so if Gillis is willing to dangle the team’s first-rounder – contrary to what he’s previously said – I doubt it’s for a 29-year old UFA-to-be.
That’s not to say that Antropov is a bad pickup. Far from it. He’s a 6’6″ RW who is on pace for career highs in goals, assists and points this season. It’s a tantalizing prospect having him line up next to the Sedins. Heck, imagine him lining up next to Sundin. The one caveat is that he hasn’t had played in a playoff game in 5 years, and when did, he didn’t have much success.
Connolly is a different story. I’m not quite sure why Buffalo would be trading him. With Ryan Miller injured, maybe the Sabres have become sellers. Connolly is a UFA at the end of the season, but they’re not that deep at center so I figured they would try to re-sign him. Or maybe Mike Milbury knows something we don’t know. Anyway, when he’s healthy, Connolly is a point-per-game player. I can see him between Pyatt and Bernier and forming a big and defensively-responsible third scoring line. The question marks of course are his health. Because of concussions and a rib injury, he’s only appeared in 76 games in the last 3 seasons.
Both would look good in a Canucks jersey, though personally, I’d steer clear of Connolly’s injuries. The obvious question is what they would give up to get them. With limited assets, I wouldn’t want to give up too much for either. Maybe a prospect and a middle-round draft pick, but definitely not a first-rounder.