One move away from a Cup
They have the best goalie in the league, a solid defense core, and a much improved offense, the Canucks are among the best in the NHL this year. Only two teams in the NHL have more points (although San Jose, Dallas, and New Jersey are all tied with the Canucks in points).
There one top 6 winger away from being contenders (and a couple of depth moves of coarse).
One player who I think would be a perfect fit on this team is Maxim Afinogenov. He has great speed, and good hands. He’s also a cheap player too. He doesn’t have the player around him Buffalo to be effective at all, so that’s why it wouldn’t be dumb for Buffalo to move him. His value will just get lower, so now is a good time to trade him.
To Buffalo: Daniel Rahimi, Pat White, 2nd rounder
To Vancouver: Maxim Afinogenov
Pat White is a solid two way player. He is very creative, and wll become a relieble 1st line player. He is better then any player in Buffalo’s farm system (excluding Stafford), so he would be a great aquisition. He could become the number 1 centre that the Sabres don’t have (on the roster or in the farm).
Daniel Rahimi is the tough physical defensemen they need. He plays a mean game, but has very little offensive talent. He is not someone any player would like to play against.
The Canucks probably would also like the add another 3rd liner player with some offensive talent (Pyatt, Cooke, etc.). Although most teams never trade with divisional rivals, the Oilers have before (Roloson trade), and trading a guy like Torres to a divisional team won’t hurt long term.
To Edmonton: Aaron Miller, 4th rounder
To Vancouver: Raffi Torres
First of all we have to remember Kevin Lowe is an IDIOT. He’s arguably the worst GM in the NHL. He is desperate to ave his job and would give up a player like Torres, who won’t ever be a superstar, but has some potential for a 2nd pairing d man with an expiring contract. We also have to remember Kevin Lowe probably wants a defensemen very badly right now, since almost there whole defense core is hurt.
Sedin – Sedin – Pyatt
Naslund – Morrison – Afinogenov
Cooke – Kesler – Torres (most annoying line in the entire league)
Burrows – Ritchie – Pyatt (Pyatt is a waste of money)
Extras: Linden, Cowen, Rypien
Ohlund – Edler
Salo – Krajicek
Mitchell – Bourdon
That team looks ready to make a playoff run, and it’s pretty realistic if you think about. No Streit, Ryder, and Huet for Lecavilier, and 28 1st round picks, just a couple solid players going each way in the two trades.
P.S. This does work cap wise.