Why Wouldn’t You Want Forsberg?

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  • Jeremy

    It was the same with Sundin last year — a chorus of NOOO from too many Canuck fans — it will be just as ridiculous this time with Forsberg speculation, even though Forsberg has been the better player throughout their careers.

    Sundin did have his struggles, looking slow and rusty for at least a dozen games, but the benefits of his experience and skill were undeniable heading into the playoffs. Forsberg would be a huge boost — exactly what the team needs. You plug a great player like that into the Top 6 and suddenly everyone looks better, including the third and fourth lines.

    I couldn’t believe how everyone seemed so stoked when it was announced that Demitra was going under the knife again. Do people not realize that you can’t usually just pick up a good Top-6 forward out of the blue mid-season? Nobody is giving them up! These Sundin/Forsberg deals are rare, and Gillis is wise to take a good run at them.

  • Jeremy

    It was the same with Sundin last year — a chorus of NOOO from too many Canuck fans — it will be just as ridiculous this time with Forsberg speculation, even though Forsberg has been the better player throughout their careers.

    Sundin did have his struggles, looking slow and rusty for at least a dozen games, but the benefits of his experience and skill were undeniable heading into the playoffs. Forsberg would be a huge boost — exactly what the team needs. You plug a great player like that into the Top 6 and suddenly everyone looks better, including the third and fourth lines.

    I couldn’t believe how everyone seemed so stoked when it was announced that Demitra was going under the knife again. Do people not realize that you can’t usually just pick up a good Top-6 forward out of the blue mid-season? Nobody is giving them up! These Sundin/Forsberg deals are rare, and Gillis is wise to take a good run at them.

  • Kel

    I’m not sure we can count the $4 million Demitra is making as cap room saved. I believe with the recent additions (Erhoff and Schneider), the team actually needed Demitra to be injured to keep the 8 D-men. I actually think that Demitra can’t return (even if he’s healthy) until the Canucks clear up some cap space for him. On the other hand, I’m sure the Canucks will figure out a way to fit Forsberg if he is willing to play in Vancouver.

  • Kel

    I’m not sure we can count the $4 million Demitra is making as cap room saved. I believe with the recent additions (Erhoff and Schneider), the team actually needed Demitra to be injured to keep the 8 D-men. I actually think that Demitra can’t return (even if he’s healthy) until the Canucks clear up some cap space for him. On the other hand, I’m sure the Canucks will figure out a way to fit Forsberg if he is willing to play in Vancouver.

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com Richard Loat

    @Jeremy – The difference between Sundin and Forsberg is that Sundin wasn’t playing at all before coming back. Forsberg has been playing the whole time in the SEL and is certainly a lot better conditioned than his fellow Swede.

    @Kel – I think come the deadline there might be some tradeable components. I don’t see Forsberg coming in until after the Olympic break, at which point making room at the deadline in return for some picks would not only give the Canucks some picks they desperately need, but bring in a seasoned top 6 blue liner which would come at a hefty price through any other means than Free Agency.

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com Richard Loat

    @Jeremy – The difference between Sundin and Forsberg is that Sundin wasn’t playing at all before coming back. Forsberg has been playing the whole time in the SEL and is certainly a lot better conditioned than his fellow Swede.

    @Kel – I think come the deadline there might be some tradeable components. I don’t see Forsberg coming in until after the Olympic break, at which point making room at the deadline in return for some picks would not only give the Canucks some picks they desperately need, but bring in a seasoned top 6 blue liner which would come at a hefty price through any other means than Free Agency.

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