More trade deadline talk

Worst day for anyone at the deadline? Had to be Isles GM Garth Snow, hands down.

When you consider that Snow gave Buffalo a first and second-round pick plus Moulson earlier this season just to acquire Vanek, then let Vanek go to Montreal for a prospect and conditional draft pick — that ranks as a colossal blunder.

Our runner-up for organizational disaster would be Vancouver GM Mike Gillis.

Yeah, Gillis unloaded Roberto Luongo’s contract, but this once-feared club from the West no longer has solid goaltending, especially in light of trading Cory Schneider to New Jersey at the draft last summer.

The failure to trade Kesler to restock with prospects only adds to the Canucks’ grief, since he apparently didn’t want to remain in British Columbia anyway.

Gillis gets a chance to recover this summer when the draft rolls around, but don’t be surprised if defenseman Alex Edler is dealt as well. He was an asset Gillis could have parlayed in a larger deal involving Kesler and didn’t.

In the end, however, it appeared as though Canucks’ owner Francesco Aquilini wanted these particular players protected for now on the slim hope the club will make the playoffs.

The free-falling Canucks are seeded 11th in the Western Conference and are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games.

Good luck with that.


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