Until Marco Sturm starts skating in a Canucks uniform and shows the knee injuries are finally behind him, there will be many left scratching their heads over the signing.
Another inconsistent forward who hopes to prove himself as a legit second liner isn't exactly among the needs which were exposed in the Stanley Cup final.
But behind the scenes the Canucks were confident the muscle was coming, something many believe is required on a team that got rolled like a toy boat in the ocean during many segments of the Bruins series.
A player like Brad Winchester could fill the void. The buzz around this free agent signing in Vancouver is getting thick and there's some good reasons. He's 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, and will fight. He knocked Tanner Glass through the boards and nearly into Granville St. with a massive hit in February.
It's the type of hit the Canucks didn't have enough of during the playoff run. This, for a team which has subsequently let one of their more-feared hitters, Raffi Torres, walk on a two-year deal so they could take a gamble on Sturm.
It's left Vancouver looking for toughness, grit, depth and an upgrade on Glass. Winchester could provide some of that. But, thus far, there is nothing from the Canucks indicating they're interested in the player. In fact, the suggestion from the organization is it's the exact opposite, even if the player, as it seems, is very interested in them.
Again, there's good reasons. Winchester is not without lots of questions.
In 2008-2009, he had 13 goals in 64 games and helped the Blues make their late run to the postseason. After, it was all a downhill slide in St. Loo which led to him getting traded to the Ducks this year at the trade deadline.
Winchester immediately saw his 10:29 minutes per game with St. Louis bump up to 12:36 in Anaheim. But it only lasted for a couple of weeks.
By the playoffs, he averaged just over five minutes a game and then was regularly a healthy scratch. All this on a team which many assumed Winchester would fit right into.