Originally Posted by stevecanuck16
GiantsFan, when they call Lukowich a big, tough defenseman, they're not talking about fighting. Lukowich is a shutdown guy, and he does the job well. Two Stanley Cups on his resume testify to this. He definitely improves the PK whenever he plays. Special teams were something we drastically needed to improve.
I agree. Special teams were a huge issue all season long last year. Lukowich, if he makes the team, can help on the PK. The Canucks needed help on the powerplay - instead of Demitra, or Raymond manning the points, now there's Schneider or Ehrhoff. We needed to get more mobile on the back end and get a guy who can carry the puck up ice, and Ehrhoff is more than capable of doing that. Schnedier can help mentor Edler and O'Brien. In the past 3 years, with the Canucks blue line so prone to injury, depth was a serious issue. Now we have 8 or 9 very capable d-men that can take over for when Salo or Bieksa or Mitchell go down when injuries hit.
Considering the lack of strong, solid defensive prospects we have since Bourdon passed away, these kind of short term solutions are necessary (but Ehrhoff's only 27 - he can be around for a long time!), and really, have come at real little cost - lets face it, White's been a disappointment and I doubted if we'd ever see him in a Canucks sweater. I'm all for these moves, but I want to see what Gillis has planned to get the Canucks back under the salary cap.