Peca is the last thing this team needs, he is having an awful year which is the result of a career headed downwards fast. His playoff numbers have been awful since Buffalo's run to the playoffs. In his last 20 playoff games he has 1 goal and 1 assist and is -8. Pretty crappy numbers. Talk about a career with so much promise that nevery really materialised.gordfish said:One interesting UFA possibilty would be Mike Peca. He'd likely have to take a bit of a paycut to come here, but considering how poorly things have gone for him in Edmonton, he might be willing to sign here for three to three and a half million. That would give Nonis a lot more leeway when trading Morrison, Bert and Naslund.
How about Naslund to Philadelphia for Steve Downie and Ben Eager? Then see if Gretzky is willing to do a Bertuzzi and Cloutier for Shane Doan swap.
That leaves Brendan Morrison to dangle for a left winger. Considering how much Holland likes Brendan Morrison, I bet if you offered him Morrison for Holmstrom and a draft pick he'd bite.
Daniel / Henrik / Carter
Holmstrom / Peca / Doan
Cooke / Kesler / Downie
Burrows / Green / Ruutu
No definitive first line there, more of a 1a and 1b approach, which allows for the ice time to be more evenly distributed.
Of course, that changes the team's philosophy from pressuring the puck to a more responsible approach in all three zones, so maybe at that point you do get rid of Crawford and offer the job to Brent Sutter.
And replacing Morrison Bertuzzi and Naslund with Peca Holmstrom and Doan does not sound very appetising. The Canucks should have some extra bling to spend this offseason with Jovo vacating and most likely the bloated salaries of Bertuzzi, Morrison, and Cloutier on their way out. If they can sign one or two decent dmen (Carney being one hopefully), they should have plenty of capital to either keep Naslund and sign two other high rank forwards or get rid of the entire top line and sign three high rank forwards. At this point I think it may be wise to hang on to Naslund as opposed to gutting the entire first line, although I won't be shedding too many tears if he does nothing again this year before being shipped out.