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article imageOp-Ed: Canucks to trade Eddie Lack for a 2nd rounder? Won't happen!

By Marcus Hondro     Jun 23, 2015 in Sports
The scuttlebutt coming out of the media, and fan base, in Vancouver is that Eddie Lack will be dealt. Mind you, there's an online petition trying to convince Jim Benning not to trade the popular and talented goalie. But do GMs listen much to fans?
Eddie doesn't Lack
The issue though is not so much local media's insistence Lack is on the block and will go. That may be so. But the consensus seems to be that once Cam Talbot of the New York Rangers is traded, Lack will be next and will soon be gone — for a second round draft pick.
True, after drafting 23rd at the 2015 NHL entry draft, which goes on Friday and Saturday in Florida, the Canucks don't pick again until the fourth round. It's a deep draft and Benning is on record saying he'd like to land a pick in the second or third round, or both, which is hardly a surprise. But Lack for a draft pick?
Won't happen.
At 27, Lack is heading into the prime of his career and is coming off of a strong season where he showed himself to be a goalie that can steal games. He's consistently on his game, rarely turning in a bad performance, and the Swede has the disposition a goalie needs to excel. He's confident, moves on from bad goals and doesn't wilt under pressure.
Given the injury to Ryan Miller and given Vancouver wasn't supposed to make the playoffs, credit has to be given to Lack for helping the Canucks manage a winning season. He started 2014-15 with a lot of bad luck and bad defence and was a woeful 3-10-1 after his first 14 decisions; he went 15-3-3 the rest of the way to finish the regular season at 18-13-4 with a 2.45 GAA, an impressive .921 SV% and 2 shutouts.
The affable and quirky Lack is also a great teammate and loved by Canuck fans, witnessed by the "Keep Eddie Lack" petition. "This extremely talented, goofy, taco-chowing, victory-dancing Swede is a fan favourite," the petition reads. "And someone we should be building this team around...not trading!"
Oilers and NHL draft
Some pundits, such as Dave Pratt from TSN 1040, are suggesting Vancouver would be happy to get a second pick out of the likes of the Edmonton Oilers (33rd overall) for Lack. Pratt, however, is given to hyperbole and enjoys taking any stance that will generate controversy. If he really means that then, as Pratt himself is prone to say — he outghta have his head examined.
The Oilers have had so much largesse come their way vis-à-vis draft picks in recent years — like first overall picks Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov — and will soon have Connor McDavid as their latest gift from the hockey Gods. For them a 33rd pick is barely worthy of walking up to the podium for. Vancouver is not going to give them their goalie of now and the future - who will keep coming back to beat them — for a pick that may or may not work out in three or more years.
Won't happen.
The Canucks might get that pick for a Jacob Markstrom but for Eddie Lack they'd get that and a whole lot more. And with McDavid at center along with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins what will Edmonton do with Leon Draisaitl? Three superstar young, offensive centers makes one expendable. Besides Lack, what would it take for Vancouver to get Draisaitl and begin grooming a replacement for Henrik Sedin?
If Lack doesn't go to Edmonton, there's always the San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames, the Dallas Stars and the Philadelphia Flyers; all could be in the market for a goalie. And are the Toronto Maple Leafs happy with Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer? Neither are coming off a strong season.
Lack, with another year at just $1.15 million left on his contract should look attractive to a lot of teams. So handing him to the Oilers for a 33rd overall entry draft pick seems a bit of a stretch.
It may be a deep draft but, no — won't happen.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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