The Filatov Pipedream

Matt Lee

Matt Lee has been a Canucks follower and a prototypical Canadian for years; it started on the streets by playing road hockey before and after Vancouver Canucks games and it's brought him here. After graduating from SFU with a BA in Communications and a minor in History while serving as the student newspaper's sports editor for two years, Matt is now a student at BCIT's Broadcast Journalism program in hopes of becoming a sports broadcaster.

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  • Ninka2000

    You forgot to mention Bieksa is younger and cheaper than Kaberle and Souray. However at the end of the day, it comes down to how you rate Filatov's ability in the future… will he be another Zherdev or someone a lot better.

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  • Chris

    Bieksa over Kaberle? Of course not. But Souray? The guy has a massive cap hit and barely knows what the inside of his own blueline looks like. Need I remind you of the 06-07 season, when he led all NHL defencemen in goals, and finished dead last in +/-? That's no easy feat. Yes, the Canucks win that trade if it's Filatov, but we also have a tendency to excessively trash Bieksa, who right now would be the number 1 Dman for the Blue Jackets. And don't tell me you think the Leafs would want less than Filatov for Kaberle? And the Jackets don't really have any other tradeable assets. Maybe the Leafs would take Brassard…

  • Danvanman

    Of course e Canuck fans would love Filatov.

    No problem with that.

    But you have a bad Canuck fan habit of undervaluing our players, I guess.

    Souray? He makes 5 mil plus, and is not as good as Bieksa physically.

    Kaberle is a joke. The only reason he gets talked about in trades is because his team is currently in T.O…a media capital.

    Bieksa has offensive talents just a hair below Kaberle, and is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay tougher than that Czech creampuff.

    Bieksa is probably the one to go. He might not bring back Filatov.

    But he is as much a desired commodity as the two players you mentioned.

    Both have problems in their game that far exceeds Bieksa.

  • Danvanman

    Of course e Canuck fans would love Filatov.

    No problem with that.

    But you have a bad Canuck fan habit of undervaluing our players, I guess.

    Souray? He makes 5 mil plus, and is not as good as Bieksa physically.

    Kaberle is a joke. The only reason he gets talked about in trades is because his team is currently in T.O…a media capital.

    Bieksa has offensive talents just a hair below Kaberle, and is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay tougher than that Czech creampuff.

    Bieksa is probably the one to go. He might not bring back Filatov.

    But he is as much a desired commodity as the two players you mentioned.

    Both have problems in their game that far exceeds Bieksa.

  • Danvanman

    Good lord Chris…Kaberle can't carry Bieksa's jock.

    He has offensive skill and makes a good first pass.

    He was one of that team's worst as a defenseman. Lousy in his own end. Soft as melted ice cream.

    But to hear a Leaf fan talk about it, you would think he is the Czech Bobby Orr.

    A younger, tougher, and more responsible D'man like Bieksa is just what the Jackets need.

    Not a guy whose career is on the downswing, with a lousy plus minus and a propensity to float in his own end.

    10 teams are pursuing Bieksa. Unless you believe Burkie's press agent, the Leafs have far less offers on the go.

    Kaberle is not worth what Bieksa is to THAT team.

    Maybe a deeper one looking for just offense will go for him…but a club like the Jackets, at this stage, sure don't need Kaberle.

    They do need Bieksa.

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