The Canucks' crowded blueline
A recent email:
Hi,Now, I've heard they're looking to trade Mattias Ohlund, probably because he has the most value and will be an unrestricted free agent before Mitchell and Salo, but that seems like crazy talk. And the only reason it's coming about is that GM Dave Nonis signed old-timer Aaron Miller on a one-year deal for a pretty reasonable price.
I'm living abroad at the moment, but I gather the Canucks now have the following guys under contract:
Ohlund, Salo, Mitchell, Miller, Bieksa, Krajicek
(Not sure what the status of the storied Rory Fitzpatrick is)
And they've got Edler and Bourdon waiting in the wings, both probably ready to take spots in the top six.
That's pretty great depth, but the team's thin up front. Who's going to get moved?
Even still, this reader's absolutely right in the fact Vancouver has too many defencmen — although Fitzpatrick's a free agent and won't be signed, and Bourdon should probably be worried about making the Moose. Alex Edler looks like quite a nice surprise, but perhaps not for another season.
Still, if one of those top six blueliners isn't moved and Nonis decides to go with the same forward corps as last season, there's a real chance the Canucks miss the playoffs this year. I can't see Markus Naslund getting much better given his decline since the lockout, and Roberto Luongo can't play any better than he has already.
Is there any room for growth on this roster?