Throughout the week, CHB will host a series of posts highlighting possible trade targets that the Vancouver Canucks could be pursuing at the trade deadline next Monday.
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LW/RW Travis Moen, Montreal Canadiens, LW/RW, $1.55M, UFA 2012
Remember when the Canucks played the Ducks in the playoffs of 2007? There was a highlight in that round where Roberto Luongo had the puck wedged in his pads, not completely covered, and Travis Moen barged in front and jammed both Luongo and the puck into the net. The goal counted. Much rage ensued.
What he brings
Moen has always been a gamer when the playoffs come around. He was a key performer in Anaheim’s 2007 run and didn’t look out of place in Montreal’s 2010 run to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Why he fits
His gritty, crash-and-bang style would look good on a third or fourth line with Maxim Lapierre, and you know that he won’t shy away from contact, especially from a certain Eastern team in black and gold if the opportunity presented itself.
What he’ll cost
Still on the mend with an upper-body injury, the impending UFA is probably valued at a third-round pick. But given the recent going rate for players such as Dominic Moore (second round pick), there may be a team willing to pony up a second-round pick as well.