Originally written February 27, 2012 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
Trade #2… Today on NHL Trade Deadline day the Vancouver Canucks have made their second move of the day. It’s a blockbuster folks. They’ve acquired Zach Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani for Cody Hodgson and Alexander Sulzer. Earlier today in trade #1 the Canucks acquired Sami Pahlsson for a couple fourth round draft picks.
This is a stunner folks.
Kassian is a big winger but this is still a surprising move. Kassian is a young, Big, MAN with huge strength. 6 Foot 3 228 Lbs. The next Lucic? Kassian has tremendous upside, but I’m on the fence on this deal.  Cody is going to get better and better, but we clearly see that the Canucks wanted a big winger in the Milan Lucic mold. The big question for everyone today is, is this kid ready for NHL playoff action? “I’m definately shocked about this deal, I wasn’t expecting it. I was on my way to the airport. I’m very excited to be a part of a contender, but there’s a lot of nerves and expectations. I’m very excited though, to get to work. I know the Canucks have a deep lineup, that’s no secret. I just want to work hard in practice and earn my spot. Every Canadian kid grows up wanting to be a part of a Canadian team going for the cup!  Gragnani is a nice offensive defenseman, his numbers in ther American League proove that. He’ll hopefully get some chance with the Canucks big club. I haven’t talked to anyone yet, so not sure when I’ll get in the lineup. It’s going to be fun to play the Sabres on Saturday.” I have to admit with Coho’s name being out there most of the year we all have to agree this is a deal that Stanley Cup championhip caliber teams can make. Cody Hodgson will be missed, but think of the upside with Kassian. The other piece of this trade is defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani. He just spoke with Sportsnet and had this to say,  ”This feels like a new beginning, I’m very excited to go to Vancouver, I hope we can make a good run in the playoffs, and make a run at the cup. I don’t know if my style works with the Vancouver Canucks, plus they’re on the west coast. Once I get there I’ll see how they play, and hope I’m there the rest of the year. The GM of the Sabres told me about the trade today, and nobody has called me from Vancouver today. It will be fun because we play Buffalo in 5 days.” Zach Kassian # - Vancouver Canucks Profile Position Right Wing Height 6’3″ Weight 226 lbs Birthdate January 24, 1991 Birthplace Windsor, Ontario Draft N/A Key Statistics Goals 3 Assists 4 Points 7 +/- -1 PIM 20 Games 27 ——————————– Marc-Andre Gragnani # - Vancouver Canucks Profile Position Defense Height 6’2″ Weight 201 lbs Birthdate March 11, 1987 Birthplace Montreal, Quebec Draft 2005 – Round 3 (87 overall) by Buffalo Key Statistics Goals 1 Assists 11 Points 12 +/- 10 PIM 20 Games 44   CLICK HERE CHECK OUT THE VANCOUVER CANUCKS CLUBHOUSE TODAY ON NWSB! © NWSports "Q" for North West Sports Beat, 2012. | Permalink | No comment | Follow NWSB on Twitter or join US on Facebook for real-time updates OR... | Share This on Twitter | Share NWSportsBeat.com on Facebook Post tags: Canucks headlines, Canucks hockey blog, Canucks news, Canucks trades, Hockey central, Mike Gillis, NHL News, NHL Trades, NHL transactions, Trade Deadline, Trade details, Trade Rumors, Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Canucks nhl trades

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