I just asked a source close to the team who he felt had the best chance to start the season with Henrik and Daniel on the Canucks top line and he believes it will be Mikael Samuelson. I'm not sure what this means for the available second line spot but he also mentioned that in his opinion "...can't see Hordi not making it."
I would love to see Cody Hodgson be given the opportunity on the second line. I'm sure his hockey IQ would mesh well with his faster line-mates Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond. If that were the case, and the top two lines were rolling what happens to Burr when he's healthy in Nov/Dec?
Although Mike Gillis overpaid for Manny Malhotra in the off-season he did definitely address the size, speed and defensive needs of his depth forwards. This signing is eerily reminiscent of last years 3 yr, 7.5 million dollar contract recipient, Mikael Samuelson. I don't think anyone saw Sammy getting that kind of money but it definitely paid off. Hopefully it will again this season, and in seasons to come.