Jason Botchford kicked a hornets nest yesterday when he invoked the season-long battle between hockey analysts over which defenceman reigns supreme. In the blue corner: Dan Hamhuis. Formerly in the red corner: Kris Russell.
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It’s the trade deadline all over again. Well, to some extent. I mean, nothing has actually happened just yet. It’s strictly speculation, albeit terrifying all the same. Then again, I’m of a different, more analytically inclined hockey mind than most.
I’m curious… what are your thoughts on this debate? Would you rather the Canucks pursue Russell in free agency than re-sign Hamhuis?
Last week I asked: Should the Vancouver Canucks send down Jared McCann next off-season? If not, what alternatives do you have in mind?
Jared McCann has the potential to be a Patrice Bergeron-type player. Bergeron spent a year in the AHL after his rookie season. In the long term, it would be best for McCann to spend a year in Utica, where he should have been gone had it not been for CHL age rules, and let him take on a top 6 role. He can see about earning a middle 6 NHL position for 2017-2018. Same goes for Virtanen.