What About Willie?

Chris Golden

Chris is the Head, Social & Community Relations here at CHB, hosts the C4 podcast and is the guy who goes streaking when Chris Tanev scores goals. He's also still looking for 1.21 gigawatts of power.

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  • Kevin

    I like the idea if he can prove he's healthy and we can get him cheap. Worst case scenario he comes in, plays for a couple months and get's another concussion, then Salo comes back and plays bottom pairing with O'Brien. Best case scenario he stays healthy, Salo comes back and O'Brien get's sent down and we have a bottom pairing of Salo-Mitchell.

  • Jhiebert

    Lots of dreamy speculation on this one from fans, but I suspect Mitchell's going to get (and take) a generous offer somewhere else if he passes his medical…a fatter contract than the Canucks can afford. He'd be stupid not to. He's got a great reputation around the league, and will be worth nearly the $3.5 million he made last year as a top-notch shutdown D. Of course we'd want him for half of that, but every other team would too.

    This concerns me as a Canucks fan, as I think the team still has a real hole to fill — it was obvious after Mitchell went down last year, especially in the playoffs — they've brought in (and already have) some good all-rounder defensemen, but without Mitchell they seem to lack a real stay-at-home shutdown guy in the Regehr mould. I'm not sure Ballard fits that description.

  • UTM

    Bloody marvelous! I've been preaching the “Keep Willie at a reduced wage” for weeks now. Considering how injury prone the Canucks are (especially considering Salo is on the roster) it seems unlikely that another signing or two will put them over the cap, even with Bieksa on the team. There are enough ways to tinker with the cap (injuries, Manitoba, etc) that it's safe to hover near the limit.
    On that note, try to convince Paul Kariya to end his career here at a greatly reduced (minimum!) wage!

  • Bob

    Agree with Jhiebert…As a Nucks fan I sure hope Willie stays, but I suspect there are 30 teams that are thinking the same thing about Willie and will offer him bigger bucks than we can afford. We can only hope given his injury he dosen't want to keep jumping teams and wants to finish what he started here

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