Hockey Prospectus is taking a look at the NHL division by division and suggesting ways each team should tackle the forthcoming trade deadline. Tuesday, we continue with the Northwest Division.
Feb. 28 marks the NHL's trade deadline and every team in the league -- those playoff-bound and those likely for the draft lottery -- has needs to address. To prepare for the final flurry of transactions, we're going team by team to see which players can help fill holes on contenders or provide foundational stability for teams building for next season and beyond.
One statistic you'll come across in the analysis below is GVT, the main player valuation metric used by Hockey Prospectus. For a detailed explanation of GVT, click here.
The problem: As is their custom, the Canucks have seen their blue-line depth completely depleted, thanks to injuries to Alexander Edler (back), Dan Hamhuis (concussion), Keith Ballard (leg), Kevin Bieksa (foot) and Andrew Alberts (wrist). Vancouver is currently employing Christian Ehrhoff, Sami Salo and five guys from the Manitoba Moose on the back end for the time being, with a high probability that the fragile Salo will be back in the infirmary any minute.