Columbus and Vancouver Trade Proposal.

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 23: Mike Commodore #22  of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates against Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on November 23, 2009 in New York, New York. The Rangers defeated the Blue Jackets 7-4.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Junior NelsonCorrespondent IJanuary 26, 2010

Recent media  reports have Mike Commodore not fitting in with Columbus. Interesting. He might add a dimension the Canucks, for example lack. At 6'5" , 240 he is big enough to counter the Byfluglien strategy of placing a huge immoveable object in front of the opposition goalie, used to good effect in last year's playoffs by Chicago. If this is THE year, perhaps a larger deal is in order, encompassing Pahlsson and the rights to Filitov. Why? Pahlsson is a play-off marvel who has shut down the Sedins on two seperate playoff occasions. Demitra is a top six guy and is miscast as third line center, Wellwood hasn't really flourished there, either. Rypien or Johnson might work there but niether is the defensive force that Pahlsson can be. Filitov said some stuff about Columbus, then went back to Russia. He might have burned his bridges in Columbus, but he would compliment Shirokov as early as next year on a speedy attack line. These pieces would cost, but would bolster the Canuck's playoff chances considerably. Hodgson, Wellwood and a high pick might do it or there are others if Gillis believes this is THE year.               

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