"I don't think there's any question that Kyle will get to July 1."
Ya don't say. The Province states that Wellwood would like to be in a position where he can be the team's #2 center. Not happening here. The Canucks have a beautiful problem of a wealth at the center position with Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler, and hopefully Cody Hodgson. That leaves Wellwood out of the picture, as Mike Gillis hopes to have youth served next season as he stated in his interview after the Canucks were ousted from the playoffs.
It took an arbitration case to keep Wellwood here last summer, where he was awarded $1.2 million for the 2009-10 season, after scoring 18 goals and 9 assists in the previous season. This season he responded with 14 goals and 11 assists. That is nearly the same amount of production with about the same amount of ice time given. Of course Wellwood can score more points in a top-6 and less defensive-checking role. But that will not be here. That will be on a team starving for top 6 center depth. I love his skill-set and always have, but it is time for an upgrade at the #3 center position. I want to see more grit with the fancy, know what I mean?
No matter what Welly, thanks for your contributions. You showed more guts than your mates on several nights and it will not be forgotten. Just remember who showed you how to play 2-way hockey.