Jan 172013

If there was one thing clear about the Canucks early exit from the post-season, the lack of secondary scoring and production from the second line was a large issue. So it’s definitely worrisome that Ryan Kesler is still on the mend (with no schedule to return yet) from off-season surgery AND David Booth has encountered a temperamental groin, leaving him on the shelf for four to six weeks.

David Booth and Ryan Kesler

Photo Credit: Jeff Vinnik/Getty Images

So how do you replace two-thirds of your second line for close to a third of the shortened NHL season? This is where you come in.

We want you to tell us what your answer to the Canucks second line woes. If the hockey gods like your answer, we and our friends at the Vancouver Canucks have a pair of tickets to Saturday’s home opener to give to you.

To enter:

  • For one entry: In the comments section of this post, tell us what you would do to plug the holes in the Canucks second line. Maybe it’s a combination of existing players or a deal you pull the trigger on. (Make sure you enter your email address when you log-in so we can contact you if you win.)
  • For a bonus entry – Tweet the following:

I entered and RT to win #Canucks tickets from @canuckshockey @VanCanucks & @lyteforce nucks.co/42 #CHB #OTOW

You have until 6:00 PM on Friday, January 18th to enter. Once the contest closes, we will randomly pick one lucky entrant who will become the proud owner of a pair of upper bowl tickets to the home opener on Saturday, donated by our friends at the Vancouver Canucks. You must be able to pick the tickets from Will Call at Rogers Arena (they will be available after 6pm) prior to puck drop.

You don’t have much time. What are you waiting for?

UPDATE: Congratulations to Shawn Car (@ShawnVanCity) with her comment (and line) of Higgins/Malhotra/Hansen. She’s won the pair of tickets to the game tomorrow night!

  • http://twitter.com/elson_cheng Elson

    Raymond-Ebbet-Kassian. Good luck boys!

  • skyoneder

    Seems like MG might keep Luongo till the 2013 offseason when more teams can unload contracts to make a better offer for Luongo.

    With that said, the easiest way I can see the Canucks improving the 2nd line right now is to sign Gomez on a cheap one year deal.

    And then try out various wingers to see if Gomez can create any chemistry in the temporary 2nd line till Kesler and Booth come back.


  • Darcienolan

    2nd line – Raymond, Lapierre, Weise

  • don foran

    Raymond-Ebbett- Lapierre unless a deal for Lu goes thru which I would not endorse.

  • gonucks!

    may ray – ebbet – burrows : go canucks!

  • Deborah Burke

    Hansen, Lapierre, Higgins

  • Sebastian Steven


  • Breannakryska

    Trade luongo for bozak and some others
    Than have Raymond – Bozak – Higgins

  • jparks

    If no trade, I give Kassian a shot with the twins and drop Burrows to line 2 with Raymond and Ebbett — not amazing but a fair amount of speed and skill on that line.

  • Heather

    Lapierre, Weise and  Raymond

  • PhReAkShO

    Trade Luongo for Kadri or Frattin +

  • Jason

    5-10 games into the season, the market for Luongo will start to open up…

  • DCanuckgurl

    Correction: Higgins, Lapierre, Hansen

  • Carlz

    Give a 3 or 4 liner a shot at the job .. its not what individual skills a player has but the chemistry that the players have together ie the twins and carter

  • Visp

    Trade For- Aaron Rome- Vern Fiddler- Aaron Rome. Perfect line combo

  • Melaina

    I like the idea of Raymond-Ebbett-Burrows with Kassian up on the 1st line with the Sedins. Make Higgins-Lappiere-Hansen sort of a hybrid 2nd/3rd line and away we go! (we hope)

  • Gladys

    Put Higgins in as the 2nd line centre and hope for the best with Mason Raymond on the 3rd line.

    TBH, they’ll probably end up playing the trap again to get through this season, particularly as it seems Lu isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

  • Hien Tran

    Higgins, Lapierre, Kassian

  • Lee

    until kesler is back, split up the sedins…we know they can play well seperately 2nd line

    D. Sedin/Lapierre/Schroeder

  • Tahan

    Jordan Schroeder, Mason Raymond, Andrew Ebbett

  • Lucykab66

    Put Higginis  in as the 2nd line centre and Mason Raymond on the 3rd line

  • OceanScented

    Higgins, Lapierre, Hansen

  • Robyn

    I’m really liking the idea of putting Kassian with the Sedins, and having Burrows anchor the second line. We’re going to have to put a lot of faith in some of our smaller names to get the job done.

  • Deepakmaroke

    Raymond Schroeder ebbett

  • Michelle

    Raymond,Higgins and Lapierre

  • http://twitter.com/jen_115 Jennifer Y

    raymond hansen malholtra =)

  • SeniorServiceBC

    Mason, Hansen & Lapierre

  • Teresarobinsonhb

    Raymond, Lapierre, Higgins

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001336761368 Jay Bockhodt

    Hansen, Ebbett and Higgins

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=712515045 Samir Javer


  • Annebruinn

    Pick up Tim Connolly who was released from the Leafs and put him with Higgins and Raymond.

  • Pijay

    Higgins, Lappy, Burrows

  • http://twitter.com/helenaiwano Helena

    Raymond, Lappierre, Higgins

  • http://twitter.com/OurBoysFrom1D LiamPayneFOLLOWME♥

    Lappierre, Higgins, Raymond

  • http://twitter.com/OurBoysFrom1D LiamPayneFOLLOWME♥

    Lappierre, Higgins, Raymond

  • http://twitter.com/OurBoysFrom1D #1DMeetEmilia

    I entered and RT to win #Canucks tickets from @canuckshockey@VanCanucks & @lyteforce http://nucks.co/42  #CHB #OTOW

  • Stephanie

    Higgins, Hansen and Raymond

  • http://twitter.com/janoskianite Yee Janoskians ♥

    Higgins, Lapierre, Burrows

  • http://twitter.com/BrattyCherLloyd Verified BRAT ♥

    Burrows, Lappierre, Higgins

  • http://twitter.com/YesMahomie Austin Mahone

    Lapierre, Burrows, Raymond

  • http://twitter.com/Phanyxx ♔ Nick Routley

    I feel good about the Burrows / Lappy / Higgins combo. They’d create some chaos in the offensive zone.

  • http://twitter.com/lolapeas Lisa Zhu

    Raymond, Lapierre, Higgins

  • http://twitter.com/aibiwashere Ivy Cheung

    Burrows, Higgins, Lapierre.

  • Barbara Thai

    I like the top line the way they are. Have we tried Kassian, Lapierre, Higgins? Sounds weird now that I’ve written it out… Whatever happens I don’t want Lapierre and Higgins split!

  • Wu Shen


  • Daniel


  • Desai71

    Raymond Schroeder Kassian

  • Dukeofshuggles


  • kfriesen44

    I’d put Cody Hodgson on the second line.  Oh wait… shoot, we’re screwed! (Cleaned up for general audience viewing)

  • James

    Higgins, Lapierre, Hansen

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