For the record I think this guy's worth every bit of his salary,...when he's healthy. If only we could get him to agree to a pay for play deal! Solid D, good size & strength to handle the other side's soldiers in front of the net, simple but effective 1st pass out of the defensive zone, and one of the best shots from the point in the league when he uses it. However, this situation has the makings of a Sami Salo Swan Song. His rehab will be a long one I think, and that will be just fine with the Canuck's organization. With the additions of Ballard and Hamhuis to a defensive roster already sporting the likes of Erhoff, Edler and Bieksa, (good thing they didn't trade him too quickly) the Nucks will have enuff quality & quantity on the back end so as not to miss Salo very much. They'll also have the luxury (knock on wood) of not needing to plan for any of Sami's future injuries during the 1st half of the season. Mike Gillis' job will be a little more interesting when/if he comes back, but he shouldn't find it too difficult to find a trading partner for a Bieksa & Schneider package, or whomever they decide to send away for a couple of quality bottom six forwards that the team desparately needs to fill out a playoff competitive roster.
Thoughts from the Left Coast