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Top draft spot for Canucks requires desperate measures

By Guts McTavish, 24 hours Vancouver

Vancouver Canucks, in Vancouver, B.C. on Monday April 14, 2014. (CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS)

Vancouver Canucks, in Vancouver, B.C. on Monday April 14, 2014. (CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS)

Dale Tallon, the first-ever draft pick for the Vancouver Canucks and the general manager of the Florida Panthers, has announced to the rest of the NHL that the first-overall pick is up for grabs.

That means if the new Canucks GM wants to make a Brian Burke-like splash at the June 27 draft, the table is set.

The big question, of course, is what will it cost?

For starters, the sixth-overall pick.

No problem.

Now the tough part — Tallon will also want an everyday roster player. A quick perusal of the Panthers’ picked-through lineup indicates it will likely require a blueliner.

And as long as Trevor Linden believes contracts were made to be honoured, that basically means the president would have to fill the role of good cop while his new GM did the dirty work — lurking in the dark, asking established players if they'd lift their no-trade clauses.

If this ends up being anyone south of Edler in the cachet department, then look no further than Tallon's own statement that the draft is better than first anticipated — meaning it will likely require another pick to swing a swap.

So let’s toss in a second or third rounder as well.

OK, now it's kind of looking desperate.

Not a good look for a shiny new GM trying to ensure he'll be with this team for the long run. Or at least as long as the years say in his shiny new contract.

Now there's a novel concept.





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