Monday, August 22, 2005

Canucks Add Another Defenseman

According to radio reports the Vancouver Canucks have traded a third round pick(2007) to the Chicago Blackhawks for defenseman Steve McCarthy. The former 1st round draft pick from Trail, BC, has yet to crack the NHL full time.

McCarthy has good offensive skills, but has been unable to employ them at the NHL level. At 24 years old there is still a lot of time for him to reach his 1st round potential and he should have a strong opportunity to make the team out of training camp.

Also of note, according to the NHLPA website the Canucks have re-signed LW Josh Green. Last season Green had 40 pts in 60 games for the Manitoba Moose.

According to the Team 1040 the Canucks have confirmed the signing of Sven Butenschon. There should be a lot of competition on the blueline at camp, as well as some depth for the Moose.

Expect the Canucks to sign at least one more blueliner... Murray Baron and Brad Bombardir have been mentioned. Todd Simpson was rumoured, but it appears he has signed with the Blackhawks.


TSN has confirmed the McCarthy trade and the Butenschon signing.

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