GOALTENDING TRADES...

Jason Gregor
March 04 2014 12:19PM

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Craig MacTavish looks like he has made his decision for his goalies next season. A day after signing Ben Scrivens to a two-year deal, he traded Ilya Bryzgalov to Minnesota for a 4th round pick, and then he acquired Viktor Fasth from Anaheim for 5th round pick in 2014 and a 3rd round pick in 2015.

I see Scrivens as more of a starter than Fasth.

Fasth is 31 years old and he has played 30 NHL games over the past two seasons. He has a .915 SV% and a 2.32 GAA. Prior to last year he played in the Swedish elite league. He has been banged up this season.

He has one year remaining on his contract and he comes with a $2.9 million cap hit.

They will battle for the starting job, and it is obvious that MacTavish wants to have solid goaltending, especially because the D corps will still be young next season. The timing of the Fasth trade is a bit surprising to me, but clearly MacTavish didn't want to wait and miss out in free agency.

Thought on the trades?

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#151 Joy S. Lee
March 04 2014, 05:56PM
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Alsker wrote:

Best thing about this deal is under new CBA vancity is on the hook should Lou decide to retire early or get bought out,lmfao. But yes good for Lou, back to the world of no state income tax!!!!

Jeez, by the sounds of things, if Lou retires early its a big hit against the Canucks. Um, is there any chance that Luongo is pissed at that organization...because revenge would be served sweetest at the end of his career, as he is going out the door, saying, oh yeah, Vancouver, you are going to pay for what you did to me. Very unusual for a team to leave itself open to such a punishment, and to leave it all in the hands of a player that you have consistently pissed off and shocked, while he maintained a classy demeanour through it all. Now Kesler wants out...hey, this couldn't happen to a more suitable team, organization, or group of fans. Maybe those annoying Nuck fans (I know, not all of them...but a lot!) will finally get a grip. But I doubt it. Luongo is a classy guy with a great sense of ha-ha. Florida would be a really nice play to live, maybe even retire EARLY. Maybe REALLY EARLY. Now THAT would be funny...

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#152 Joy S. Lee
March 04 2014, 06:00PM
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pkam wrote:

Mike Gillis won't be the Canucks GM when Luongo retires. It is the problem of the GM then, so why should Gillis care whether or when Lou will retire?

Because he is responsible for the team, now and future-versions, that's why he should care.

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#153 Joy S. Lee
March 04 2014, 06:12PM
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2015Playoffs?Nope! wrote:

wow. just, wow.

so, instead of picking the young goalie with great upside and pedigree in Schneider, you give him away for Bo Horvat.

then, 8 months later, you trade one of the best regular season goaltenders for a backup goaltender and a third line player?

Luongo must have asked for a trade when he was told he woulndt play at the Heritage Classic, and i dont blame him one bit. Hes been SH1T on from that organization since day one. And with his lovely NMC, he got to pick where he went, which was obvious. To a hockey market that is non-existent. And that is why the terrible return.

Great job Vancouver. You just went from easily the best goalie tandem in hockey to one of the worst in 8 months. Well done.

Eddie Lack is NOT the answer. Neither is Markstrom (not yet, at least).

I would honestly take Scrivens/Fasth over Markstrom/Lack currently.

Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom both have mid to high potential. Don't be so quick to assume. Matthias and Horvat could be valuable players also.

I agree, from best goalie tandem in the world to unproven, and they should have gotten more for that return, but lets not completely dismiss the players they got back until we know better. Matthias is a competitor. Horvat is, too, and he has some skill to go with it. Markstrom lead Sweden to World Jr Gold only a few years ago.

We don't know how this will turn out, but we do know they should have received more for those goalies. They have, however, restocked the potential in their system through these moves. If they get it right on one or two of these guys, who is to say just how bad a deal this is...just saying.

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#154 The Real Scuba Steve
March 04 2014, 06:49PM
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It sucks every year that we always the seller waiting for the summer, when you watch other teams loading up on players for the playoffs. I think it might reach the 10 years mark when the Oilers might have a playoff appearance.

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#155 Dave
March 04 2014, 07:44PM
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I am still hoping that someone anyone takes Gagner.

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#156 v4ance
March 05 2014, 12:22AM
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Some people are saying that we should have traded for more "proven" goalies. To paraphrase Lowetide, "goaltending development is witchcraft" and you never know when a goalie makes it or is just a one year wonder.

Getting proven starters like Ward, Miller, Halak could have been done but we'd be paying premium prices for name recognition and not much else. Even if we bought, we'd be buying these guys on the downslope of their careers.

The best time to "buy" on a goalie is before they get the name recognition not after. Scrivens or Fasth could turn out to be the next Rask, Varlamov, Bishop, Kipper, or Bobrovsky. Or they could be Raycroft.

Really, you're always taking a gamble when you acquire a new goalie. I like the MacT version of taking "low cost" gambles. Two 3rds and a 5th for average or above average goaltending? Sounds good to me.

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