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  1. Guys like Cullen, Vermette and even Vrbata on 1 year cheap(ish) deals have to be viewed as deadline bait for this team - not that that worked out well this year. Hudler could be a good signing, but that depends on term and $$$ Bo, Subban and 2 1st just for PK would have been way too much.
  2. A whole 13 years older than 18-year-old Sam Bennett!
  3. I think Matthews level is a reasonable assessment. He has a very early birthday which needs to be taken into consideration, but even still, Dubois was the only CHL 1st time draft eligible player with a higher PPG (1.6 vs 1.42). He would have been one of the big names this year if he were a few days older.
  4. We didn't pick him to be a 3rd liner though. We hoped he'd be more.
  5. The roster we have now is still in need of significant overhaul - some long term servants of the team are occupying spots we need to fill with younger players, and equally, we might be able to leverage our cap space to make some draft pick gains. Here is what I propose. Trade #1 To CAR: Alex Burrows To VAN: 3rd round pick (BOS, 75th), 4th round pick (CAR, 104th) Carolina trades it's lowest selection in the third round to Vancouver for the remaining year of Alex Burrows' contract. Carolina have 18 players on the books for next year, and even with Bickell's contract are $4.5 million under the current cap floor and could be $7.5 million short id the cap rises. Burrows eats up a good chunk of that, allowing Carolina to blood rookies like Aho and Fleury without risking cap floor violations. Burrows' spot on the Canucks wing depth chart is low (Sedin, UFA, Baertschi, Virtanen, Etem, Dorsett, Hansen and Rodin are all probably ahead of him, certainly when a strategic look is taken) and it would not be nice to see a team legend not rot here. Trade #2 To DET: Jannik Hansen To VAN: Pavel Datsyuk, 1st round pick (DET, 16th) The Wings need to sign 6 players with $11 million of cap space. Acquiring a 20 goal scorer and freeing up $5 million in cap space is a no-brainer. Hansen probably commands a 40-50 range pick, but the addition of 5 mil of cap space brings him into the territory of a first. Not opposed to adding a B level prospect (Cederholm?) to balance it out. Trade #3 To ARI: Chris Higgins, 4th round pick (CAR, 104th) To VAN: Jarred Tinordi Arizona are in cap floor trouble too, with $21 million to make up and a lot of young <$1m players pencilled into the roster for next year they might struggle to get too far into the black. The 4th prevents them having to forfeit a later 3rd to Philly as a result of the Gagner trade and Higgins, after his stint in the minors, looked better - a good vet to have around the young guns. Canucks roll the dice on Tinordi. Trade #4 To EDM: Luca Sbisa To VAN: 3rd round pick (PIT, 91st) Sbisa might benefit from playing in Edmonton, where defense is optional? Wishful thinking... ------ Leaves the Canucks $17 million in cap space and could add Eriksson ($6.5m), Pedan ($1m), Tinordi ($1m), Rodin ($1m), Dubois ($1m), Etem ($1.5) and leave space to win trades through cap dump at the end of the year. McAvoy would be my target with the extra 1st.
  6. Kassian wore it better.
  7. Given his reported injury, I'd say there would be a small chance of him falling to 4 if Kekalainen wasn't Finnish. Literally 0 chance we get him at 5.
  8. His second half this year makes it clear that consistency is the only thing that stands between him and a 60 point season 3 years post-draft. He's defensively responsible, offensively talented, big, strong, fast, has a huge skillset (dem dangles) and has character. In baseball, you'd call him a 5 tool player. At 21. Still not sure that giving up the best goalie in the league was worth it, but the fact that it's as much of a toss up as it is in my head means he is one hell of a player. He'll be a PPG, elite defensive 2nd liner in the next 3 years.
  9. The trade is not that bad for a few reasons - McCann was likely surplus (Horvat and Dubois being our long term top 2 forwards, and McCann might not have fared well long term outside the top 6), we need D, etc. etc. However, we paid too much and got too little - Benning said that Florida were very interested in McCann, so it sounds like they were the ones initiating things. I wonder would they have bitten on McCann + 5th Overall for Ekblad? Gudbranson is a bottom pairing Dman, Florida's Sbisa - we have far too many plugs in our team already. From a defensive perspective, only Hutton and Tanev are good value, Edler is fine and Tryamkin is still a bit on an unknown. Probably a pretty clear indication that Hammer is gone.
  10. Personally, I'm not enamored with either Tkachuk or Dubois as options at #5 - generally there is better available at that point of a draft. I want to look at trading, may be twice, as follows: To VAN: Adam Larsson, 11 overall To NJD: 5 overall, Anton Cederholm To VAN: 7/8 overall To ARI/BUF: 11 overall, 63 overall, Cole Cassels In summary - IN: Larsson, 7th/8th overall (assuming order is Tkachuk, Dubois, Juolevei, we get our choice of Nylander, Sergachev or Chychrun) OUT: 5th overall, 63rd overall, Cederholm, Cassels. Also worth considering is a trade with the Habs - they likely want Dubois given the French connection, not really sure what we'd want from them in exchange though (we'd need to add a lot more for PK).
  11. I like the idea of trying to get Larsson though... Sbisa (shhhh) + Burrows (50% retained) + Torts pick for Larsson + Ottawa's 3rd
  12. The picks effectively cancel out, especially if that want defense and we want a forward. Yakupov is a more valuable asset than Hansen - draft pedigree (meaningless in reality, and it appears to have been a weak draft, but to trade a recent #1 overall pick, the GM needs a return), age, posession, general numbers when not playing with two first ballot hall-of-famers... I'd like to think adding our second would get it done, and I would do that deal, but somehow I think that wouldn't be enough for an in-division trade. Perhaps 33rd overall and the Torts pick... UFA (Benn plz) - Dubois - Yakupov Sedin - Sedin - Boeser Baertschi - Horvat - Virtanen McCann - Granlund - Sutter Gaunce We'd be getting close...
  13. When nothing has worked for 50 years it's time to try something new...
  14. If we want to be competitive in three years (2019 playoffs), let's take a look at where we'll be and what we'll need Goalie - Markstrom and Demko - Well positioned, two you and talented goalies. Defence - Chychrun/Juolevi, Edler, Tanev, Tryamkin, Hutton, Pedan, Subban - Needs a high end UFA signing, Edler expendable for the right price, maybe Olson pans out? Top 6 - Baertschi, Virtanen, Horvat, Boeser, Sutter - Needs a UFA and a top prospect(*cough* Nolan Ryan *cough*) Bottom 6 - Sedin, Sedin, Rodin, Etem, Granlund, Gaunce, McCann - Pretty serious depth, hopeful that the three Swedes make for a good 3rd line in years to come, Gaunce and/or McCann could be moved for help further up the line up or on D.
  15. We have a similar need for D, so we take whichever they leave and don't give up any assets to get better.