Canucks RW options

With the addition of Hedberg as back-up and either Bryan Allen or Jiri Slegr stepping in to replace Murray Baron, theres really only one hole left in the Canucks, that just happens to be the hardest to fill.A top 6 forward, preferably a Right Winger, who can put the puck in the net.

All of the following have become staples in Canuck rumors as favourites to bring in:


Jeff O’Neill: As much as I’d love to see it happen, I think it’s a pipe dream. There’s a possibility if the Canes have another terrible season (unlikely).

Shane Doan: See O’Neill.

Jason Arnott: Sticking in Dallas.

Brad Isbister: He’s staying in Edmonton for a while me thinks.

Miroslav Satan: Was rumored to be coming to Vancouver at the deadline, but after bringing in Drury, its clear the Sabres are focusing on the now.

Anson Carter: Now that Bures gone, Carter will stick around a while longer.

Patrick Marleau: My personal favourite, but see Doan.


Kristian Huselius: It’s a shame to see such a talented player riding the pine under Keenan, a great fit if the price is right. Maybe Allen + Umberger could do the trick?

Eric Daze: Had a 37 goal season 2 years ago, plays soft for his size but a good fit altogether.


Martin Straka: Small and on the expensive side, but a great scorer to be sure and shouldn’t take much to get him.

Steve Sullivan: See Straka.

Magnus Arvedson: the only remaining UFA of interest, but is he worth the price tag.

Rod “the Bod” Brind’amour: Great fit, but Burkie won’t shell out 5 million for him.


Christian Berglund: Former linemate of twins, gritty Swede buried behind depth in NJ system who could become a solid scorer with Canucks.

Mattias Weinhandl: The 3rd Sedin, doubtful NYI would give up on a young player so early again.

30 Responses to Canucks RW options

  1. orlandomac says:

    It was a nice piece, I compliment you on your effort…

    I’m sure you’ll get ridden about some of the names on your list, but its only speculation…. therefore a fantasy list, its not like anyone can’t be bought for a price nowadays….. some alot lower a price than most would think. Its all about the money nowadays…

    I still think the Couve would do better to get a real Goaltender, I don’t believe the Tandem of Cloutier and Hedberg is the answer.

    I’m sure Cloutier has some value after putting uip decent numbers last year…

    Trade him get a real goalie and use Hedberg as a back up.

    Use a young forward to fill the void on the wing, Goaltending wins you games, and with that top line and a real goaltender, the Couve is scary.

  2. JohnFlan22 says:

    Out of the people actually on the block I would say Straka is the best fit on this team. I’d have him center the top line though and put Morrison on the second line where he should be. If mad mike traded Weinhandl I would personally burn his house down 🙂 Is sullivan on the block? chicago needs D help, it would take a top 4 D guy to get him or Daze, probably Ohlund, me thinks or two of your younger stud guys like Sopel and Allen. But that would give you holes on D and those are even harder to fill.

  3. defenestrate says:

    There are no “hard holes to fill” – if you stretch them out first.

  4. titans says:

    Nucks don’t have nearly enough depth to compete!

  5. wayne2 says:

    According to your team`s roster on,what you need is a centermen and i think Vancouver should sign Joe Niewendyk,he`s played in the west and was better there.Another choice is Adam Oates,imagine a playmaker like him between Bertuzzi and Naslund.

  6. Treva says:

    How many teams need a goaltender? Answer = too many. there aren’t any goalies out there, the ones that are out there have an inflated price tage. Supply and Demand. I think this could be an interesting tandem.

    Stop calling the canucks the ‘Couve, you sound like an idiot.

  7. cyeryk says:

    The Canucks wont get any of the “top” players on the list unless they are willing to part with more than just Sopel or a pick. If they want O’neil, Doan, Satan and such they will HAVE to part with A guy like Ohlund. If they want a younger guy a high pick (2nd round). The only reasonable solution to this Scenario would be Straka, but I don’t think Lemeiux would part with him otherwise kiss the pens goodbye.

  8. Treva says:

    I like your Idea of Huselius. I think that Allen has a little value and Umberger is stil unsigned but still a good prospect.

    The nucks don’t need a size player, they need a bit more speed, if Val Bure was available, I think he would fit in nicely. I know they’re a fast team but the Wild showed that they aren’t as fast as thier reputation

  9. Bishop7979 says:

    Although I wouldnt consider him the best fit, i actually think it would be easier to pull arnott out of dallas then many people think. Call it a hunch or something.

    But I feel, and i hate to say it being a pens fan and all, that straka would be a great fit on your team. he’s quick, still can put the puck in the net and he is more physical then many would give him credit for. But I really dont want to see him go so you cant have him.

  10. GretzNYR99 says:

    Pretty good post, I liked some of the ideas, and I’d like to see Vancouver break out of the West and stop this Detroit/Dallas/Colorado Western Champs trend, out with the old, in with the new.

    Vancouver to me right now, and WITH the right winger is still a one line team until the Sedin Twins start making people open their eyes and drop their jaws. They’ve dissapointed me so far, but I also tell myself that they’re young and still learning. Althought I’m not a Canuck Fan, I like this team, and I like what they CAN do if they put everything together.

    Slegr is a great addition, he’ll play some solid defense, despite a hiatus from the NHL. Bryan Allen needs some ice time to develop, so I think he should’ve gotten that 6th spot. But, Slegr is back in ‘Couver, and I think now that Allen won’t get the time he needs to develop, I think it’s sort of a dumb move. Trade Allen, get your money’s worth from him. Martin Straka is a little pricey… but worth it. Trade Allen, some picks, and eat half of his Straka’s salary, and you just might have a deal. He’ll be the center that helps the Sedin Twins figure out how to light up the game.

    You were right on Jeff O’Neill, and I don’t think Shane Doan is going anywhere either.

    Huselius won’t leave Florida.

    Mattias Weinhandl probably won’t leave the Island.

    Berglund will probably be called upon this year to put up some points for NJ, with the abscence of Joe Nieuwendyk.

    Magnus Arvedsson probably won’t get signed by anyone. Not after saying that the cities that offered him deals weren’t good enough for him and his family. I’d be glad to have him if the Rangers got him, but I’d still think he was an asshole. Good riddance to him either way.

    I am a Ranger fan, and I know Anson Carter is here to stay, so that’s not an option, and it never was or will be.

    San Jose’s not giving up on Patrick Marleau, he had a breakout year this year, and he’s going to be one of their future core players. Not happening.

    I don’t think Miro Satan is leaving Buffalo, like you said, the Drury signing should convince him that they have a chance at making the playoffs once again, and he’ll be loyal to the team and the fans.

    Brad Isbister was an option? I don’t think he was ever put on the block by Edmonton. Besides, you don’t want him, he’s an enigma, and he’s really streaky. You never know what you’ll get from him. Could be a good player, but you’re really taking a risk here.

    Jason Arnott? I don’t ever remember hearing a rumor about him, at all. I don’t think he’s leaving Big D anytime soon.

    Brind’Amour isn’t leaving Carolina, they like having him there.

  11. dkball7 says:

    Valeri Bure is on the block. I’m not sure what it will take the ‘nucks to get him from fla, probably a pick.

  12. bruinexpert says:

    I guess nobody else thought of this but my first opinion of the Drury signing for Buffalo was that he was going to be the replacement for Satan. I don’t think he’ll be there much longer…but who knows.

    Also, I like the idea of adding Adam Oates to the top line and drop morrison down with the Sedins..that’s just my opinion though. I think the Sedins will make a bigger mark this year, especially with someone like Morrison on a line with them…or maybe put Oates there instead and keep the top line as is

  13. WeStSiDe says:

    The Canucks are a respectable team, but they dont have the scoring depth or proven goaltending needed to go all the way, if they can get some more depth up front and get Cloutier to actually perform consistantly then they should be pretty good.

  14. pondrocket says:

    Really am enjoying wathcing this team play & deverope, but until they properly address the goal position & develop some depth it will be very difficult for them to have any sustainable success in the west let alone challenge Det., Col., & Dal. Oh yeah……… What about that “the bod” comment???

  15. orlandomac says:

    I’ll call them what ever I feel like…

    You can’t even spell your own name Trevor or Lindens for that matter so who is the idiot.

    You can take a chance with that tandem I didn’t say they would fail they just won’t win you any silverware.

    It is an intriguing tandem but goaltending makes or breaks your team, haven’t you learned that yet.

    You are risking your season on it….

    do you want to do that with the talent you have at the moment, and the momentum they’ve created.

    The time now for the COUVE is now….

    You are never gonna have another Bertuzzi and Naslund…

    they are some gifted players that would push any team over the top.

    So before some other team buys them use them.

    They need goaltending to succeed….. and to keep the score down.

    Last years final was between Brodeur and Giguere 2 awesome goalies.

    If anything this year Goalies will be cheap, teams are looking to go with their futures and get rid of price tags. Fortunately there is alot of up and coming goaltenders, so that makes for a glutamy of goalies that will be expendable.

    This is a forum to discuss a game we all love, so if you have a different opinion it doesn’t mean you have to insult the other person…

    I’m willing to debate you on the subject…

    maybe you can change my opinion or I can change yours, or we can agree to disagree…

    Insults only make you look like a moron…

    and incite others to prove it.

  16. Treva says:

    Firstly I would like to state that I only said you ‘sounded’ like an idiot, I would reserve judgment till later. I would also like to introduce you to a little thing called a ‘comma’, it may help to make yourself a touch more coherent.

    As far as goalies? I think that Vancouver has done the right thing by doing the following:

    1) Signed Dan Cloutier to a one year contract


    2) They have a couple good prospects in net (Auld – though he has only played 7 games, fans are all over him like oprah on a glazed ham – and Tyler Moss)

    3) Brought a former starter of argueably a similar talent level in Hedberg.

    Cloutier is a competitive guy, I think this season will prove if he is indeed a legitimate starter or he is just a good goalie that likes to choke in pressure situations(playoffs.)

    I agree with you the time is now. Bert and Nazzy aren’t going to be here forever, yet with budget limitations and questionable depth I don’t think that they can afford a proven goalie, both financially and personel wise. Maybe burke will make a deadline move for Belfour, by that time the leafs won’t be making the playoffs…

  17. orlandomac says:

    Treva you make some sound points about your situation, I was also aware of your situation…

    Having had to deal with the Leaf situation for awhile you tend to go for the urgencie of the moment because you have a few good cards and you don’t want to waste them.

    If not you’ll be stuck in our boat, and don’t kid yourself Burke and Quinn are very similar…

    As for cost factors if you shop wisely there are many good options out there available….

    be it young or old.

    As for the little thing called a comma, if you had to deal with as many letters as I do, on my own time I throw it in sometimes, and don’t feel it’s a requirement; the same goes for any grammarical tool.

    Sorry I apologize now for any future omissions…….

    As for you final joust………

    A) You couldn’t afford Belfour even at the end of the Year, even if he wanted to go there.

    B) Our top two lines smoke yours, so if you think we are in trouble, doesn’t look good for the Couve.

    C) Like you we have talent coming through, hopefully the dipshits that run the team will actually use them.

    D) The fans here would force some money out of the tightwads that own this team to get us in there…

    Maybe buying Naslund or Bertuzzi to take us into the playoffs…

    The last option is definitely more viable…

    more so than the Leafs not making the playoffs or the Couve getting Belfour.

    Although it would probably be the end of your franchise, something we don’t actually want.

    Leaf fans in Vancouver deserve to see the Leafs too, you know.

  18. great_one98 says:

    Shut up!….Ugly!

  19. defenestrate says:

    Turn the record over, junior – that side sucks. I don’t like the lyrics, and it’s way to hard to dance to.

  20. defenestrate says:

    Damn, Titans, you didn’t tell me he knew you…

  21. rrudd says:

    just a picky detail…call me a jerk if you want, but i don’t mean this in a smart-alec way:

    your post is entitled, “Canucks RW options,” but nearly everyone you have listed plays either center or LW.

    i know people can shift forward spots, but shouldn’t you be considering a few actual RW’s if indeed you are looking for a RW?

  22. GeniushockeyKID says:

    if the isles gave up weinhandl…….man i dont even know. i think that will be the final straw for milburry. ISLES FANS TAKE TO YOUR PITCH FORKS AND BURNING LOGS AND CHARGE THE GATES OF CHARLES WANGS MANSION!!! he should have kept luongo and picked up heatley with the first pick in 2001.

  23. great_one98 says:

    Yeah, i know Titans. He’s jealous of my fame and a couple of my spurts out there(wow) which got my 100’s of enemies. Right Titans? I think 10-20 quit wow because of me. And 40-70 threatened to. I’m just a little devil.

  24. defenestrate says:

    At least you got the “little” part right……..

  25. titans says:

    What the hell is he talking about?

  26. defenestrate says:

    I don’t know – he makes you sound rational…

  27. Smedsmo says:

    From the ‘Canes perspective, I think O’Neill might be had if things aren’t going well, the new kids (Vrbata, Bayda, Staal?) are lighting the lamp, and he starts shooting his mouth off like last year. The ‘Canes would probably want an offensive defenseman in return. They’d probably be willing to throw in Aaron Ward on a cost shared basis. They might even sneak Irbe into somebody’s luggage for the trip west. I don’t think Roddy’s going anywhere. He’s a fixture in the community and the next captain of the ‘Canes.

  28. habsoverserver says:

    A very cheap option would be Oleg Petrov. He scored 24 goals two years ago for the Habs and I think was bought out of his contract by Nashville.

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