It looks a defense, it smells like a defense...

...son of a bitch, it IS a defense. So much for the premature warnings that getting Beeska to stick around would be tough.

With Bieksa signed through 2010-11, that means the current top five Vancouver defensemen are all under contract through at least 2009-10 when Ohlund will be a UFA and Krajicek will be a RFA. Bourdon is also signed through
2010-11. With Luongo signed through 2010-11 as well, the defensive core and rockstar goalie is set in stone for the next few seasons.

Good to see Nonis be proactive instead of risking losing him completely next July when he was slated to be a UFA.

Now...about that offense?

6:11 PM ET Update: OK, the defense really smells now.

Take a look at that defense; that's a hell of a strong, tight top six in front of Lui. Miller is huge and definitely adds more stability to that group. Don't look for him much on the scoresheet though.

If you consider
guys like Bourdon and Edler though, something doesn't pass the smell test here. If Nonis is still looking for a top six offensive guy and wants to stay$ 2 million under the cap, he's got about $5 million left to play with excluding signing the RFAs and, if need be, Linden. Is he going to take a run at Foppa? Fiddle around with signing someone like Carter? Or try the trade route and bring in someone more high-caliber?

My two cents? I wouldn't go out and buy a Mattias Ohlund jersey anytime soon. If Nonis has one D man to spare that would get a sniper in return, it would be him.


Rinslet said...

We signed Aaron Miller, too...

You know, it's like Nonis likes doing things in pairs...

last week he signed 2 goalies (Teh Schneids and Sanford) .. now 2 defencemen ... hmmmmm

Mike said...

So...it's a great D, a world class goalie, and a pair of twins up front with the possibility the Nazzy may score?

Something else is going on here. Why replace Fitzpatrick with a guy like Miller when last season's problem wasn't letting goals in, but scoring them?

Nonis is up to something.

Knotwurth Mentioning said...

Something is most certainly up. I agree with the assessment that Ohlund may be on the move. His offensive contributions have been dwindling of late, and the Canucks have enough in the way of defensive depth to replace him with someone who will be close to as sound. He will net something good, while someone like Bieksa may cause a bit more hesitation in potential buyers, especially with a contract that some people thought was over-inflated. And besides, Bieksa is good to keep around because he can score, which is invaluable in Vancouver right now!

So who do you move? It's not Salo, I would guess... and I'd rather keep him and move Ohlund anyways. A centre or winger who can match with Nazzy's worth way more than a stay-at-home defenseman for our club. And perhaps, if we get lucky, Isbister will click with the pairing and we'll have two full lines with Sedins and Pyatt. It'd be the first time in ages that the Canucks had a two-pronged offense and a dominant defense.

I'm just hoping Nonis lives up to his word!!! (yay excitement!!!)

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