The Canucks are 7-3-0 in their last ten. They are winning and they are winning consistently against good teams. Think about that again. The Canucks are 7-3-0 with Alexandre Burrows, Alexander Edler, Chris Tanev, Kevin Bieksa, Brad Richardson, and Ryan Miller sidelined with various injuries. That's a first line winger, 2 top pairing defensemen, a second pairing defenseman, a quality depth player, and the starting goaltender all currently sitting in the press box. Yet, the Canucks are still winning. This surely speaks to the depth that Benning has accumulated in his short tenure here. And that is also the reason that the best thing for Benning to do at the Trade Deadline might just be to stand pat.
Often, General Managers make gut moves that end up risking their future for one playoff run. Benning has stated time and time again that he will not risk the future and the prospect cupboard for a single playoff run. Let's hope he stays true to his word. Aside from Patrick Wiercioch, who I mentioned in a previous article, I believe that Benning should restrain himself from going after the overpriced rumor mill of players. There simply aren't any players out there on the market that are better players than the players that the Canucks have already.
Imagine a playoff lineup of:
Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alexandre Burrows
Shawn Matthias - Nick Bonino - Radim Vrbata
Chris Higgins - Bo Horvat - Zack Kassian
Brad Richardson - Linden Vey - Jannik Hansen
Alexander Edler - Chris Tanev
Dan Hamhuis - Kevin Bieksa
Luca Sbisa - Yannick Weber
That team can compete. And I mean really compete. I implore Benning to stand pat because sometimes the best thing to do is to do nothing at all.