NHL Trade Speculation: Should the Vancouver Canucks Go After Dustin Brown?
The Los Angeles Kings got the NHL trade deadline heated up by acquiring Jeff Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday evening. Further information has surfaced indicating that the Kings may not be done as TSN’s Bob McKenzie indicated that they have put Dustin Brown on the block.
The Vancouver Canucks are one team that could use a player like Brown, and McKenzie indicated that they are one of the teams interested.
Should Vancouver take a look at picking up Dustin Brown? Absolutely.
Dustin Brown would be a great fit for Vancouver. At six feet tall and 200 pounds, he would add some much needed muscle up front for the Canucks. While the Canucks have been looking for a power forward, they have shied away from big burly guys who can’t actually play hockey. Dustin Brown can play hockey.
In six full seasons with Los Angeles he has averaged 27 goals a year with a high of 33 in 2007-08. Vancouver has seemingly tried every able skater on the wing with Ryan Kesler, and only David Booth has stuck. Brown would be a nice physical, tough player who could help that line score some ugly, dirty goals.
Saying he is a great fit is one thing, but is there any realistic chance of him being moved to Vancouver?
The Canucks don’t have any real cap space, but Brown is making just over three million (and that should be made up by any players going back to the Kings). However, there may be other road blocks.
For starters, what would the Kings want in return?
The Canucks' biggest asset is Cory Schneider, but the Kings are set in the net and would have little interest in Schneider. The Kings have struggled to score this season, so you would think they would look for offense in return. Of course, you might also wonder why they are trading an offensive player with such a need, which is a very interesting question.
The Canucks appear willing to part ways with Mayson Raymond. He has struggled lately and is basically the same player as Booth, only with less skill. Would Raymond help the Kings? Maybe. They lack overall team speed, and Raymond has that in spades.
But a Raymond-for-Brown trade probably only works in video games. In real life, the Kings would be crazy to make that deal, so the Canucks would have to sweeten the offer. What would that sweetener look like, and would it be worth it?
The only other offensive piece Vancouver has that might be expendable is Cody Hodgson. Hodgson has blossomed this year and would give Los Angeles an up-and-coming player just hitting his stride.
Of course this is all speculation as there have been no verifiable reports indicating what Los Angeles would want and what Vancouver is willing to give up. Canucks general manager Mike Gillis has a history of trying to add without losing much. Losing Hodgson, who has been big this year, might fall into that category.
If Vancouver is looking at the possibility of Brown, it is a positive. They should explore ways of improving an already strong club. However, as nice of a player as Brown is, he isn’t worth breaking the bank for. It will be an interesting story to follow.
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