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Doerrie's Deets: Friday, March 25th

We're getting closer to the April 12th trade deadline with each passing day, and while it profiles as a quieter one than usual, there's always some eager team ready to make a few head-scratching decisions -- whether it's the moves they do or don't make alike.

Last week, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported, essentially, that Vancouver would recede from their posture as a seller at the deadline after stringing together a nice little run in March.

If that isn't an indication that this team is operating without a plan then I don't know what is. Playoff pictures are coming together pretty quickly and the top-three in each division is all but spoken for. The Canucks would need to obtain 75 percent of the points in their remaining games to get 65 points and even have a fighting chance of making the dance. Considering they've accrued less than 50 percent of the points thus far, I'm going to take the under.

The whole thing seems especially funny in the wake of the Canucks' decision to pluck Jimmy Vesey and Travis Boyd on bare-bones contracts, each of which registers on the low-end in Vancouver's bottom-six, off of the waiver wire in the last two weeks. 

Good on the Canucks for recognizing they need help in their bottom-six, but getting those guys off waivers because of their contract value is the equivalent of copying the answers on a math test from the smart kid. The Leafs identified and signed those players to value contracts while the Canucks pay their equivalents over $30-million a year. Let's not run to congratulate management for picking up players on waivers because the contracts they chose to sign are odious.

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