Originally written March 18, 2012 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
Pure hypothetical and meant to be fun


Say the Canucks go out in the first round. They limp out like they're playing now to some team like Phoenix or Colorado or maybe a sleeping giant like Los Angeles or San Jose. Or even worse, Calgary harnesses the hate that spews like oil in the tarsands in Alberta (I know it doesn't actually "spew" there) and Vancouver is plunged into a nuclear winter from the clouds of smug blowing over the Rockies.

What do you, as Mike Gillis, do at the draft/July 1? What one move would you make? Do you blow it up or would you stand pat and roll the dice again next year?



I would dangle Cory Schneider to Stevie Y for Vic Hedman. He'd be a Zack Kassian for the blueline that needs another quality defender, especially with the uncertainty that surround Sami Salo.

Probably also see if there's interest in Keith Ballard. That $4.5 mill could easily be better used. Tanev can replace his contributions quite easily.
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