Van Trades Druken, Hlavac to Canes for Malik, Langdon

SLAM Sports! is reporting that the Vancouver Cannucks dealt Harold Druken and Jan Hlavac to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for D Marek Malik and tough-guy Darren Langdon today.

34 Responses to Van Trades Druken, Hlavac to Canes for Malik, Langdon

  1. mikster says:

    Poor Hlavac, strange he didn’t do much in Vancouver. He’s got skills…

    I’d be surprised if he does anything in Carolina.

    Malik is a solid defenseman, don’t know what went wron with him at the start of this season. Maybe the coaching staff in Vancouver can change this d-man’s game around.

    Langdon…… (no comment)

    I guess a fair deal, somewhat. I wish Hlavac could be on a team where he can gain confidence and start scoring again. Put him on with Lemieux, he would score a ton.

  2. Blueandwhite says:

    Here we go again. Vancouver, just like last season, decides to not do anything in the off-season and yet again it fails. Burkes a good GM but when will he learn that you can’t loose people in the off season, not sign people to replace those departed people and expect to be better?? I expect more trades to come and from listening to the Team radio station in Vancouver it seems like Skudra may be the next to go,because for some reason Crawford has no faith in him.

  3. guinsfan4life says:

    I think Hlavac was the type of player who was rushed to the league too quickly. When he got here, he was put on a third line and expected to go out and hit etc. He was very misused.

  4. TheBricks says:

    Hey Carolina…how about Thomas Kloucek for Jan Hlavac?!?!??!?!

    Reunite the Czechs NYR!!

  5. titans says:

    What a friggin stiff Hlavac turned out to be!

  6. chewy says:

    Wow, Canucks on drugs?? Man you give away two quality scorers(when give the chance to play, Carolina will give them that) and get a tough guy and a 5 Defenceman, ouche, This one goes to the Canes

  7. Habs4ever says:

    Why does Hlavac always get traded for goons? Last year he was traded for Donald Brasher, now he’s traded for Darren Langdon?? Canes win this one.

  8. mikster says:

    I thought so too.

    He needs a playmaker and more free space to skate and shoot.

  9. Blueandwhite says:

    He’s been a stiff everywhere he’s played, he’s gonna have 1 good week with Carolina and then suck again.

  10. Cam says:

    Man what was Burke thinking? He trades to quality players for 5are 6th d-man and crappy forward. Now we have 2 much d-man that can play the 5and 6th spot on defence. The canucks should trade some of there defencemen for 2nd center and wing. THEY NEED A SECOND LINE. Surprised when I heard the trade. Burke usually makes good trades.But not this one.

    Maybe the Canucks will trade Langdon,Malik for Savard, futures because they are weak on defence.Then they should trade for a second line wing. Lets say Lapointe becuase the Bruins are weak on defence. Are maybe Burke got anthor defencemen Because if jovo doesnt sign what do u guys think

  11. ClarkeRules says:

    I’d love to know where all the Clarke bashers are now that Hlavec is traded once again. He played ok in NY, horrible in Philly and the same in Vancouver. When are people going to realize this guy isn’t all that great? If he is, why is he always getting traded? Meanwhile, Brashear has been nothing but solid for Philly since the deal. Potential doesn’t always work out. Hlavec has it, but for some reason hasn’t put it together in a long time.

  12. Leaf_Expert says:

    Actually Vancouver wins this trade…..

    Carolina get 2 busts who have nothing to contribute to a team.(except maybe get struck by lightning).

    Vancouver gets a defenseman who played strong in the playoffs for Carolina and was used in every game situation against opponents top lines.

    And they get a tough guy in Langdon, who really is just a goon who can’t tell the difference from a moving truck and a fist from Tie Domi….

  13. ClarkeRules says:

    Dude, I’d score a ton with Lemieux, and I can barely skate. What an awful observation!

  14. mikster says:


    Well, he could score with Nedved. Could you?

  15. mikster says:

    Wasn’t a stiff with NYR….

  16. MantaRay says:

    Vancouver just got robbed.

    Both Canes players lost their jobs, Hvalvec, when he get healthy will get 20-25 goals.

    In the past I have thought that Burke was a very shrewd GM, but this trade I find very questionable.

    Malik should find a job on the Nucks but Burke could have given up a lot less.

  17. puckedinthehead says:

    Druken refused a conditioning stint with the Manitoba Moose last week which instantly landed him in Crows doghouse. He is also coming off a shoulder injury suffered in Manitoba last year, see ya Harold.

    As for Jan “The Invisible Man” Hlavac, he always looked out of place as a Canuck, don’t let the door hit your a** on the way out.

    As for the players coming to Vancouver, the Canucks definitly need help on the Blueline to ease some of the minutes Jovo and Ollie have been logging and with the Baumgartner bust they were looking for help. Since trading Brash to Philly, letting Brown go on waivers to the Ducks the word is out that you can run Cloutier. However I still don’t think they are finished dealing as they have yet to find a bonifide second line center who can put the puck in the net.

    Watch for Ruutu to be shipped out next.

  18. freshprince says:

    Someone call the cops, the Canucks have just got robbed!

    Brian Burke has finally pulled off a bad trade.

    We could have gotten a lot more for these guys.

    Watch, in Carolina they will shine.

    This trade is easily won by Carolina…by a landslide

  19. burky says:

    I’m glad we got rid of those stiffs druken and hlavac, now we have room for FEDOR!

  20. vanfan says:

    i don’t think that this was a bad deal at all . the canucks get rid of an underachieving hlavac and druken (who wasn’t given a fair chance for some reason ) and they get back a great team guy in langdon ( he was voted team mvp by his fellow players while in new york ) and they get malik , i can honestly say i don’t know much about him other than he played well in the playoffs last year for the canes . maybe malik’s presence will allow them to package a d- man with ruutu when they trade him to the rangers .

  21. vanfan says:

    i don’t think that this was a bad deal at all . the canucks get rid of an underachieving hlavac and druken (who wasn’t given a fair chance for some reason ) and they get back a great team guy in langdon ( he was voted team mvp by his fellow players while in new york ) and they get malik , i can honestly say i don’t know much about him other than he played well in the playoffs last year for the canes . maybe malik’s presence will allow them to package a d- man with ruutu when they trade him to the rangers .

  22. acebailey says:

    Malik will be missed in Raleigh, Langdon was also very popular with the fans and in the locker room. I don’t know much about the new Canes, but they better be good.

  23. mikster says:

    The Hurricanes play a forechecking defensive style game, not good for Hlavac.

    I’d be surprised if Hlavac scores 10 goals with the Canes.

  24. freshprince says:

    Not really…Mats Lingren has been called up…but he isn’t signed..YET

  25. ClarkeRules says:

    Of course not! I was kidding. The point I was trying to make is Hlavec stinks. The people who bashed Clarke now have their head up their ass and are no where to be found! All of a sudden Hlavek now sucks and all the people who said Vancouver ripped off the Flyers have nothing to say. The Flyers look great and Brashear is a big part of that. Meanwhile, Hlavek is once again traded. Gee, maybe Clarke knew what he was doing after all. When are you guys going to start giving Clarke credit for being one of the best GM’s? Seriously! He took a god awful team he inherited from Russ Farwell and hasn’t missed the playoffs since. Sure he hasn’t won a Cup, but, I’ll take his record any day over five consecutive years without making the playoffs! Look back in the archives when Hlavec was traded to Vancouver for my comments and see how right I was! I’ll bet you a pair of Flyer playoff tickets that no one was more on the money than I was at the time of the trade. I said Hlavek was over rated and he is! I may not be an athlete such as Hlavek, but at the same time, there are many better than him! He blows!

  26. ClarkeRules says:

    You couldn’t be more correct! A classic one year wonder on of all sorry teams, the stinkin’ Rangers. Sad thing is, most of their fans want him back and he is horrible! Hey Ranger fans, get a clue! Worry about some D. Stop wasting money on garbage like Kasparaitus and Holik and screwing up the salary structure for the rest of the league and get your shit together. Fire Sather, who has forever been riding the coat tails of Gretzky, Kurri, Messier, Coffey, etc. and get someone who knows what they are doing. Your lucky you even won a Cup. If it wasn’t for a Flyer’s product in Mike Keenan you’d be even more of a laughing stock than you are now. The only regret I have as a Flyers fan is Keenan didn’t win it in Philly like he should have. So congrats on the Cup in the 90’s. Talk to me in another 45 or so years! Your organization stinks! And so does your uniforms! I despise the Rangers! Wasting all that money, what a disgrace!

  27. DG says:

    All that positive energy from the Sami Salo trade is now gone with this horrendous blunder. The Vancouver Canucks dealt two serviceable forwards for a useless thug and a defenceman whose nowhere near as good as a No. 3. Brian Burke’s a good General Manager and maybe he’ll fool me again, but I don’t see too much positivity out of this one for Vancouver.


  28. big_booty says:

    Positive energy?

    From Sami Salo?

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but the Canucks have won just three of their eleven games, and Salo has just two assist and is a minus-4.

    There wasn’t any positivity to begin with.

    Hlavac is over-rated, and while Druken is still young he hasn’t shown much at all. These guys weren’t doing anything to help the team’s cause and they weren’t going to do so in the future.

  29. DG says:

    The deal with Sami Salo is that when the Vancouver Canucks traded for him, it was, at the time, a good trade. Now, it may not be working out now, but it’s far too early in the season to tell if he’ll be a bust or not. Even if he was, the Canucks don’t need to make their team worse like this laugher of a deal did.


  30. Lint07 says:

    Just for the record… It’s HLAVAC. I thought you might be interested.

  31. mikster says:

    Only 6 players have positive +/-

    Sopel, who is a good defenseman, has a -7, Bertuzzi a -3, Naslund a -2.

    I don’t think Salo’s -4 means much at all. I think he’s been playing well for them as far as i’ve seen. The game against the Avs was horrible.

    But, overall the Canucks are not playing well.

    Hlavac is over-rated, and as i always said…he had an umbilical cord to Nedved. He needs a lot of space to skate, shoot, and a good playmaker. He wasn’t given that since he left the Rangers. However, you give him that and he’d net 20-25 goals.

  32. MantaRay says:

    How do you know it won’t be good for Hlavac? The open system didn’t work.

    He will easily get more than 10 goals, especially on a team that needs his skill.

  33. shuckryan says:

    Clarke is by far the worst GM in the NHL with Quinn coming in second. I wish dumbasses like you would learn to think before you speak because anyone with a brain realizes how badly Philly got ripped off in the Hlavac Brashear deal, and also how mush Vancouver just got ripped off in this deal. Maybe it was in the back of Burke’s mind the whole time “Hey basically this deal is Langdon and Malik for Brashear since i got hlavac so cheap”

    Langdon for Brashear straight up is a close deal but the Canucks got Malik too.

    All im trying to say is the Canucks got hammered on this deal but they hammered the Flyers in the first place for Hlavac.

  34. ClarkeRules says:

    I wish not to argue but to only point out that Hlavac is very over rated. Seriously, how much longer are people going to think this guy is good based on what he did with the Rangers? That was YEARS ago! What has he done since? NOTHING! So how did the Canucks pull one over on the Flyers? Compare stats between Brashear and Hlavac since the trade and then we’ll talk. Brashear has way more value to the Flyers than Hlavac ever did with the Canucks. Hence another trade for the great Hlavac.

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