The Vancouver Canucks have been quite active before and throughout the beginning of the free agency period.
First, Mike Gillis eliminated the goaltending controversy in the exact opposite most people analysts and fans thought he would.
However, in trading Schneider he did acquire a promising forward. More recently, the Vancouver Canucks endured seeing forwards Maxim Lapierre and Derek Roy leave the organization and sign with the St. Louis Blues. This transaction was absolutely brilliant from the perspective of the St. Louis Blues. However, it was very unfortunate for the Vancouver Canucks. I can’t believe Mike Gillis did not do more to offer a contract to Lapierre or Roy. Especially when considering that there is a lack of centermen available in the league at present.
I know that this is part of Mike Gillis’s plan to develop a younger roster. However, Lapierre was only 28, and could’ve been far more effective if given more ice time.
I believe this was a terrible mistake made by the Canucks General Manager. However, he has attempted to fill the vacant roster positions by signing Pascal Pelletier from the Swiss League and forward Santorelli from the Winnipeg Jets. These are all very interesting moves to say the least. These forwards will fill the required roster positions. Plus, it also opens up opportunities for players within the organization like Brendan Gaunce, Jordan Schroeder, and Bill Sweatt.
I still believe this was a very risky and unnecessary plan initiated by Mike Gillis. However, I certainly am anxious to see how this plan works out for the organization. Perhaps younger players will indeed be the key factor in Canuck’s success this upcoming season. I for one can’t wait to find out.
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