Vancouver Add Three Players On Deadline Day

It took until the last few seconds of the NHL deadline, but the Vancouver Canucks have addressed some of their needs.

The first deal was with Anaheim. The Canucks sent Joel Perreault and a third-round pick in exchange for Maxim Lapierre. As Vancouver were in the hunt for a fourth-line center, Lapierre will likely fill that role. He's known as being a checker and agitator, and this season he has five goals, six assists and 11 points in 56 games.

Prospect MacGregor Sharp (25) was also included in the deal.

LW Chris Higgins is the player heading to Vancouver and Evan Oberg will be heading to Florida along with a third-round pick. Higgins is currently recovering from a hand injury, and in 48 games, he has 11 goals, 12 assists and 23 points.

He will add extra depth for Vancouver and may find himself playing on the second line with Ryan Kesler, as Mason Raymond, who normally plays on second unit, has been struggling of late with only three goals in 2011 and a total of 10 for the season.

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George Prax's picture

I'm familiar with both, and neither player worked out here, but I have to say that the prospect of those two together on a 4th line is a very good thing. Both have scoring touch and both can play with grit. Both know Vignault (Lapierre more from the QMJHL) and he will be able to instruct them and coach them better than anyone. I really think those two really help complete their forward lines. Great trades for them. I don't understand how both players managed to fetch that much, the Habs didn't get nearly that much for Lapierre and although Higgins was a big part of the Gomez deal he's dropped off significantly since then. Either way, it'll likely be the last chance for both in the NHL I think.

George Prax's picture

You forgot Paul Mara