Vancouver Canucks: Best Free-Agent Fits with the Sedins

Nov 22, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin (22) and center Henrik Sedin (33) against the New Jersey Devils at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 22, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin (22) and center Henrik Sedin (33) against the New Jersey Devils at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 15, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) collides with Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (1) in the first period in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 15, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) collides with Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (1) in the first period in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports /

Kyle Okposo

Essential info: 6-foot-0 / 217 lbs / RW / Shoots right / from St. Paul, Minnesota

Career Stats: 529 GP / 139 G / 230 A / -60 plus-minus / 310 PIM

Last Season: 79 GP / 22 G / 42 A / -4 plus-minus / 51 PIM

Current Cap Hit: $2,800,000

Projected Salary Ask: $5-6.5 million

PROS

A scoring right winger who plays big and doesn’t mind throwing his 217-pound frame around, Kyle Okposo is an ideal fit for the Sedin line. He’s scored 20 goals several times in his career, despite just settling into his prime at 28 years old, and he has valuable playoff experience.

CONS

Okposo is probably due for a pay raise, considering his performance last season. His ask might be out of the Canucks’ comfort zone.

There’s also a health risk that comes attached to Okposo: he’s missed significant time due to injuries in four of his eight seasons in the league.

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