In two somewhat suprising trades, the Vancouver Canucks have seemingly solidified their line up heading into the playoffs. The first trade seen pending UFA Chris Kelly dealt to Anahiem along with prospect defenseman Drew Schietsel for Anahiem's third round pick in 2012 and prospect right winger Corey Tropp.
"Well in order to complete our second deal of the day, we had to move some cap space and Chris Kelly was the only guy really available. He is a pending UFA and we were able to pick up a very good asset in Anahiem's third round pick along with a solid offensive prospect for the future in Corey Tropp." said General Manager Kyle Allen.
In the second deal of the day, Vancouver looked to the rebuilding Colorado Avalanche once again. Right winger JP Dumont is on his way back to Vancouver for a foruth round pick in 2011, defensive prospect Tim Heed and 250,000 in cash.
"Well, I did not expect to re-acqurie JP. When we dealt him, we had to move him and (Brendan) Witt in seperate deals to make room for Andy McDonald, who is a top 6 forward for us. However, with the salary that we cleared by moving Witt and Kelly, we were able to pick up a contract that fit into one of the needs I determined. To get a top 9 forward who can play top 6 like JP at the cost I spent, it was hard to say no. I realize he's been dealt a few times but he will be with us the rest of the year and be allowed to explore unrestricted free agency at the end of the season." stated General Manager Kyle Allen.
"Well I am excited to go back to a team in a contending postion. Really suprised the Canucks were the team to pick me back up after trading me, but Kyle (Allen) said with the new salary cap rule and the ability to move some contracts, he was very happy to have me back. I hope I can contribute like I was doing before I was dealt previously. Now to find an apartment for a couple of months since I will likely be testing the free agency market in June." stated a puzzled, yet happy JP Dumont.
After tomorrow's game vs Dallas, the roster will look like the following:
Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Johan Franzen
Andy McDonald, Matt Duchene, Milan Hejduk
Valterri Filpulla, Tj Galiardi, JP Dumont
Rob Neidermeyer, Kyle Brodziak, Tomas Kopecky
Shea Weber, Daniel Girardi
Zach Bogosian, Ryan Suter
Mike Lundin, Steve Staois
"Outside of some minor prospect signings and minor league roster moves, it is very unlikely to much changes to our pro roster. The only upgrade(s) I am interested in are possibly another veteran defenseman and/or an improvement in the backup position behind Pekka." said GM Allen.