Hi gang, It makes you wonder whether Gillis had compromising pictures of Talon with a Manatee or something. On the surface this trade appears very lop sided in favor of the Canucks. Sturm had basically worked his way onto the bench in recent games and Samuelsson seemed to have slowed through a slow recovery process. In both cases, the Canucks are giving up on two older players for one potentially big signing for the left wing on the second line, additional depth at centre, most likely in Chicago and our third round draft pick we gave up to acquire Higgins. Our illustrious forecaster, Eklund, had indicated quite a while ago that the Canucks were interested in Booth but Reinprecht's name was never part of the equation. Assuming he isn't poised to beat out any of the other centers, Reinprecht's salary is pretty big for an AHL player so the other rumors of his being flipped make sense. Mick, I would really be interested in your perspective on Booth. Is he the answer for the Kesler line? He certainly hasn't lit it up so far this season but it's way too early to base an opinion on this year. On an unrelated matter, gotta love the ethic and performance of the Canucks' Fourth Line. When you see how much ice time they've been awarded and how often they spend their shift in the offensive zone, that is a major bonus. It's a toss up for me as to who the most improved Canuck defenseman is. Ballard or Alberts. The defender who is struggling the most is Bieksa. He is getting caught out of position far too often by trying to play more offense than he can handle and still meet his defensive obligations. A big trade and a win. Booyah!!!!