Personally, I don't think the Canucks need a top 6 forward. I like the top 2 lines as is. Why change what is already working? I think Gillis may go for a 3rd line player. That being said, I'd be happy if Gillis got any one of the following players, pretty much in order of preference:
I'd put Sammy Pahlsson at or near the top of the list, but he has mono and looks to be about done for the season.
1. Mark Recchi (RW). Yeah, I'm not going to shut up about this until D Day is over. 13 goals and 45 points in 62 games this season. I don't care about the -15. He plays for the Lightning. Cup-winning experience. Something the Canucks don't have on their roster. Gotta have that leadership when you're trying to go deep into the playoffs. 2 Cup rings: Penguins (1991) and Hurricanes (2006).
2. Gary Roberts (LW). Sundin's buddy. If Demitra gets hurt, slide Roberts up to the Sundin line. They have had plenty of experience together in the past. At 42 years of age, Roberts can still be a fierce competitior in this his final season in the NHL.
If we don't sign him and Calgary does, we'll regret it. Roberts had 4 points in 11 games with the Penguins in the playoffs last year. He did that with limited ice time. Most nights he was the most evil guy out there. Only question mark from me on Roberts is his ability to play disciplined hockey. Aside from that, he impressed the hell out of me with the Penguins last season, despite his age.
Won a Cup in 1989.
ScaryGaryTube: Cherry's rant about Roberts in last year's finals.
3. Colby Armstrong (RW). Gritty. Mean. Skilled. Always liked this guy.
4. Matthew Lombardi (C). Odds are, the Flames aren't going to deal with us. That's too bad, because Lombardi possesses sick speed and grit with some scoring touch to boot.
BardiTube: These clips show his speed and skill. He's Mason Raymond on crack.
Runner-ups: Chris Neil, Doug Weight and Ian Laperriere
No fucking thank-you's:
Antropov, Ponikarovsky, Frolov, Afinogenov, Nogoalov, Connelly, or anyone that is going to milk our farm system or future.