Question to Vancouver Canucks GM: Where’s the Depth at Forward?

July 27th, 2010 by Nucks IceMan Leave a reply »
Now that Mason Raymond is signed, where is the depth at forward that was recognized as being a priority after the Chicago Blackhawks knocked off the Canucks for the second year in a row? Due to injuries that were later disclosed after the playoffs, the Canucks once again ended up being a one line team. This year, with Alex Burrows' shoulder surgery expected to keep him from starting the season, where is the supporting cast? If Mikael Samuelsson plays with the Twins (first line), Kesler and Raymond make up part of the second line and Malhotra plays on the third line. Who fills in the rest of the spots? Never mind the fourth line as it has the scoring and grit factor needed from the third line in order to get past the second round of the playoffs. The only significant factor that was added to the third line was Manny Malhotra as the rest of the names are prospects, AHL players, or fourth line players signed from other teams. There are a few unrestricted free agents still available that could help the third line, but there is no cap space without moving a D-man. The pickings are really slim at this time. The only players left are at the end of their careers or fourth liners. ...

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