We’re going to say chalk one up for Mike Gillis. The Vancouver Canucks GM who is often knocked for not doing enough, did quite a bit, with very little. You know how when you were younger and you used to play pick ’em hockey or baseball? Well, we gave up a couple of kids who were looking to get picked last for a couple who would likely get picked in the middle of the pack. The Vancouver Canucks signed 40 year old defenseman Mattieu Schneider, and traded prospects Dan Rahimi and Patrick White to the San Jose Sharks for Christian Ehrhoff and Brad Lukowich. While the Sharks move stinks of a little salary reconfiguration, Gillis seems to be the most opportunistic GM in the league.
Let’s first take a look at Schneider, which was discussed earlier here. He’s signed for $1.55 million, for one year. No considerable dollar damage, and no expectation for him to carry this team. He’ll be a 5th or 6th d man, and will be excellent in quarterbacking the powerplay. He’ll likely chip in a little offense too. Not bad, not bad at all.
With Patrick White and Dan Rahimi, they’re two prospects which this team seemed to be filled with, we already have a ton of maybes and could bes. And in all fairness, very few saw either of these two cracking the lineup in the next season or two. In return, we get Ehrhoff and Lukowich, earning $3.15 million and $1.8 million this respectively. Does that put the team over the salary cap? Absolutely. Rumors have already kicked off that Kevin Bieksa will be getting traded. We don’t see that happening. There’s a much more realistic chance that Lawrence Nycholat, Rick Rypien, or Jannik Hansen don’t make this team. Meanwhile, San Jose fans seem convinced that this means they’ll be making a move for Dany Heatley.
All three new defensemen are a great addition to a d-corps that was often taken advantage of last season. They also bring some valuable playoff experience and a couple of rings. So far, Gillis has added Mikael Samuelsson, these three guys, and Andrew Raycroft. Canuck fans are still waiting on the pure goal scorer.