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Monday, August 15, 2005

Nonis should have his Witt about him....

The Vancouver Canucks are going to be competivitve, but as I type this, there are some glaring roster holes - especially on defense. Ed Jovanovski is locked up for one more year, and it helps that Sami Salo and Bryan Allen have re-signed today, but they still have to re-sign Mathias Ohlund. Brent Sopel and Marik 'Sasquatch' Malik have left town, and so far, there hasn't been a move to replace them. And when the finally do re-sign Ohlund, the defense still looks less than stellar.

Ed Jovanovski is a top tier defenseman, but is probably over-rated. He brings many fine tools to the table but suffers from chronic bouts of moronitis. Bryan Allen brings an edge to his game, but at this stage in his career is an average NHL defenseman at best. Sami Salo is under-rated and provides a steady hand on the blueline. I'm glad the Canucks ponied up for more than a one year deal to retain his services. And then there's Ohlund, who has such a great overall game. He is the true #1 defenseman on the Canucks.

That leaves some big holes, and for this team to be competative, the defense cannot be rounded out by first year players or journeymen such as Nolan Baumgartner.

Today Brendan Witt accepted his qualifying offer and Capitals GM George McPhee says that he will accomodate Witt's request to be traded to a contending team. If Dave Nonis has any sense, he should be paying close attention. Witt would be a solid addition to the Canucks - a much needed one - and at roughly $1.6 million, he comes at a reasonable price.

Witt is listed at
6'2", 231 lbs. He won't score goals, he won't run the powerplay. But he plays big, which is what the Canucks need. They don't need another offensive weapon, Salo and Jovanovski will be fine. What they need is another workhorse to compliment Ohlund.

So if Nonis is listening - or reading, and I know he is ;) - take a chance on Mr. Witt.


  • At 11:39 AM, Blogger Jes GÅ‘lbez said…

    Well, there is a decent 2-way defenseman by the name of Brent Sopel. He's got a contract for 2 years at 1.2mil per

    Oh, wait! The Canucks gave him away for NOTHING. good job, Nonis.
    It would be pretty dumb for the Canucks to give up anything for Witt when they had a decent defenseman already in the fold who was fairly cheap.


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