Sopel an Islander

The Canucks have just traded Defenseman Brent Sopel to the New York Islanders for a draft choice in 2006.

This appears to be a move by the Canucks to dump a contract in an effort to create more salary cap room.


11 Responses to Sopel an Islander

  1. nordiques100 says:

    this also appears to be the young offensive blueliner the isles were referring to in an earlier post today.

    also dandenault to habs according to TFP

  2. trademan says:

    Dont be at all suprised is this move was made to clear space to get Neidermayer. The canucks also lost Malik yesterday. 2 quality d-men in 2 days is a little much.

    Something is up

  3. bujanx says:

    Brent Sopel was Not under contract yet

  4. Islandersdrivefor5 says:

    if the isles dont sign him they give up a third round pick instead of a second

  5. gtweb says:

    I never much cared for Brent in Vancouver…firstly his hair is just brutal and secondly he is VERY soft and weak in his own zone…

    We dumped Malik and Sopel, maybe there is a chance the Nucks will sign Neidermayer or another top DMan

  6. VancouverRob says:

    Sopel is a good D-man who will help the islanders alot, if they can sign him up

  7. VancouverRob says:

    LOL, his hair is brutal!!!!!!

  8. Johan says:

    That’s one way to look at it. The way I see it is that it’s a sign that Vancouver is strapped for money and don’t have the money to re-sign Malik and especially Sopel, who wants a big raise.

    Mattias Ohlund will probably demand 3M, Morrison 2-2,5M, The Sedins at least 1,5M each. Suddenly there’s just about 12-13M left to sign 5-6 forwards, 4 d-men and a goalie.

    Since at least 3M of that has to be set aside for a decent goalie that would mean they’ll have less then 5M left to sign a 3rd&4th line and 4 top6 d-men if they sign Niedermayer!

    Bottom line: Vancouver CAN’T afford to sign Scott Niedermayer!

  9. wingerxxx says:

    Sopel will help their power play now that Aucoin is gone. But they still need that scorer to play with Yashin to sign…

  10. raine_kalisz says:

    So Neidemyer to Vancouver? or Forsberg? I don’t see them signing anyone beyond these two, and only these two if they come at a low cost.

  11. GretzNYR99 says:

    I’ve had the luxury of having NHL Center Ice the 2 previous seasons before the lockout, and the Canucks are one of my favorite teams. I’ll start off by saying that Vancouver lost a little edge on it’s power play in this trade, but it looks like they’re trying to free-up room to sign Scott Niedermayer. I just hope they don’t go overboard on this, and hurt the team defensively.

    As for the Isles, he can be a good pp asset, but don’t expect much from him otherwise. His even strength numbers aren’t anything great. He can handle the puck and make a play, but he’s soft and lacksadaisical in his own zone. He needs to play with a stay-at-home or good 2-way defender, maybe Alex Zhitnik or Alex Karpovtsev.

    Oh yeah, I don’t know who’s hair is worse, his, Ricci’s or Melrose’s.

    At least Melrose can rock the mullet with pride.

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