Trade Deadline 2013: Finding a Center

Jeff Angus
March 14 2013 10:58AM

The Vancouver Canucks need another center. You know this, I know this, and Mike Gillis knows this.

The club can’t/won’t enter the postseason with Andrew Ebbett or Jordan Schroeder as a top nine center. Assuming Ryan Kesler returns from his broken foot a few weeks before the playoffs start (and that appears to be the likely outcome), who do the Canucks target to center the third line?

Max Lapierre could move up to play there, but he is probably best suited for the fourth line (or at least sharing the ultra-tough line assignments that Alain Vigneault typically gives to his top checking line center).

With all of that being said, who are some centers around the league that the Canucks could realistically target at the trade deadline?

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Evening Headshots - March 13th

Patrick Johnston
March 13 2013 07:20PM

It's an off day. Drance is off. Charron is off. Filipovic and Angus were both last seen runing around downtown with horse heads on.

The Canucks are off. 

Here I am, though, fresh in from the pouring rain, with a collection of fun, evening reading; there's chatter about the coach, about the lineup and a touch of banter.

For a round up of what's happening on a very grey Wednesday, click through, after the jump!

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Full Metal Blue Jackets

Thomas Drance
March 12 2013 09:17PM

Mason Raymond earns his team an extra point in the coin flip shootout.
Cool shot by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images

From an entertainment and results perspective, this now concluded Canucks road trip was pretty much the road trip from hell. It began last Thursday in Ohio, as the Canucks played a joyless contest against the Blue Jackets and lost in over-ime. From there the Canucks ventured to Minnesota and got the snot kicked out of them by the Wild on Sunday. Finally, like good tin-soldiers, they returned to Ohio on Thursday to try and salvage some dignity. They managed too by the skin of their teeth, as Roberto Luongo, Mason Raymond and Jason Garrison led the club to a 2-1 victory in the skills competition.

Analysis and scoring chance data on the other side of the jump.

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David Booth has been performing well, even if his results don't show

Cam Charron
March 12 2013 03:09PM

David Booth makes an awful lot of money to shoot hockey pucks at everything but a hockey net. Angry Internet commenters have been making sure to let everybody know that David Booth is goal-less, although in the games I have watched, Booth has looked to generate a few chances off his stick inside the scoring zone. I have some images below that show this.

But that's not enough. Of course, fans expect results. No team in the last three seasons has been more economic with its shots as the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks have the highest team average PDO in the last three seasons. PDO, the addition of shooting and save percentage, is known to drive results in the short term. Given that the Canucks have had the second best average shooting percentage since the conclusion of the 2009 season (9.0%, only Washington is higher, with 9.2%. League median is 8.2%) and the highest save percentage, it's weird for the Canucks to be within a time of crisis where nothing is going in, nothing is staying out, and the team isn't even generating quality opportunities.

Ah, but David Booth has been.

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When you just can't take it any more

Patrick Johnston
March 12 2013 12:36PM

Is that Cam Charron?

I needed a break. You may have noticed, but my name hasn't appeared here in nearly two weeks. That wasn't really intentional, it just worked out that way.

It turns out, I really needed a break.

Yes, I still watched the games, I still kept track of the chances, of how the team was doing even as my eyes were getting annoyed; it couldn't be that bad, could it?

Then I didn't even watch the last two. Partly, life intervened, but mostly, I just couldn't face it. I knew both games would be dire. Columbus and Minnesota? The Canucks have been playing dull enough hockey as it is. Two games against two of the NHL's dullest, on the road? Come on. 

I also knew that I'd be going to a Predators game in the coming days, that that game was likely to be a snoozer.

So I said, you owe it to yourself to check out some different things.

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