Well, the Canucks may have the best minor league team in the AHL next year if they are forced to send David Booth down to Chicago to play wingman to Steven Renprecht in order to hide his salary and get some flexibility to get the D-Man they desperately need along with a legitimate 2nd line scorer to play with Ryan Kesler. The Rangers have experienced this with Sean Aver and also with Wade Redden. The above piece at Bleacher Report sums up nicely why the Booth trade was a disaster and why not having Samuelson and Hodgson for the postseason was a recipe for playoff disaster.
I really like GMMG, and I am very hopeful that Kassian is going to come around and be a good player for the Canucks, so in many ways the ultimate outcome of both trades will have to be evaluated next year over the course of the regular season and playoffs, but the results for this year are not good.
I am also a bit surprised at the players that have been let go or traded that have flourished or been strong parts of teams that are doing well. Taylor Pyatt and Mikael Samuelson being two that are playing now - both would have been terrific additions to a Canucks team that too often got pushed off the puck and has small players or tweeners who are fast but not very physical. Other players like Malhotra, Paulsson and Kesler can be physical, but are not nasty.
I am hopeful that GMMG can right the ship, get ride of Luongo, get a minute-munching physical D-Man, and find a second line scorer to ride with Kesler, and get some nastiness on the team that can lead come playoff time.