The Vancouver Canucks have acquired star left wing David Booth, center Steve Reinprecht, and a 3rd round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft from the Florida Panthers in exchange for left wing Marco Sturm and right wing Mikael Samuelsson.
When asked about the trade, Panthers GM Dale Tallon was quick to respond. He said, “A lot of things come into play. I was not happy with our team’s performance, especially the last two games. I wasn’t going to sit still and let this fester and I want to send a message and I want to make changes and I want to get better.”
The Panthers lost their best player but were able to receive two veterans that could make a large impact on and off the ice. They rebuilt their organization this year by stockpiling young, talented players. Sturm and Samuelsson can use their experiences in the league to guide the young core that includes Dmitry Kulikov, Sean Bergenheim, and Jack Skille.
Vancouver was able to gain two very talented players that have been stuck on a losing team. Booth and Reinprecht transferred from a team near the bottom of the league to one of the league’s most talented teams. They will have an immediate impact on the roster because teams will have to defend them as well as the Sedins, Kesler, and Burrows. The Canucks might have the most lethal offense in the league.
Only time will tell who will benefit the most from this early season trade. Will the Canucks be able to reach the next level now that they have two more offensive pieces? Will Sturm and Samuelsson be able to help the Panthers on and off the ice as much as their coaches want them to?
More to Come..
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