It was a dispiriting weekend weather-wise in some parts of the country, but here's something that will make the sky seem blue again — the Monday morning musings and meditations on the world of sports.
No one is expecting fireworks from the Vancouver Canucks on Monday and we'll concede teams can make crippling mistakes at the NHL trade deadline.
That said, it's pretty clear the team needs to upgrade at least one spot in their top-six forwards. It's highly unlikely that player will come through a trade. That means it's up to Alex Burrows and Mason Raymond to again become difference-makers because, as things stand, the Canucks' top two lines aren't good enough.
Speaking of trades, you'd never know it from their fans' whineing, but is there another NHL team which has benefited from lopsided, franchise-changing trades to the extent of the Canucks?
We're aware of Cam Neely and a couple of others, but think of the other side of the ledger.
In no particular order you have the Canucks acquiring Cliff Ronning, Geoff Courtnall, Sergio Mommesso and Robert Dirk from St. Louis for Garth Butcher and Dan Quinn; Markus Naslund for Alex Stojanov; Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan McCabe and a third-rounder for Trevor Linden; McCabe for the draft picks which turned into a Sedin; and Roberto Luongo and Lukas Krajicek for Bertuzzi, Alex Auld and Bryan Allen.
Canucks need Burrows, Raymond to step up
Vancouver Sun | Feb 28