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  1. Just for fun I sorted and summed the ranking of the player (1st on the list = 100, 100 on the list = 1). Canucks rank 18th out of the 31 teams even though we have 4 players (152 value). Notable - Ottawa is last with 1 player for 6 value (Brady Tkachuk). LA, Anaheim and Minnesota all have one player as well. Top of the list is Toronto with 4 at 301. Second is Washington with 5 at 283. Vegas has 6 players (the most) for 222 but that puts them at 13th in the league. Of note the eternal rebuilds of Edmonton, Arizona and Buffalo... Edmonton is ranked 11th in the league with 3 players for 232 (McDavid and Draisaitl will do that for you), Buffalo at 22 with 2 players at 98 and Arizona at 23 with 3 players for 96. I get this is arbitrary and subjective. Still fun to analyze. Interesting that St Louis has only 3 players for 152 and that would put them behind Vancouver at 19th but they won the Cup so let's not put too much credence in this. Certainly arguments for and against players on or missed from the list (Anders Lee, Josh Bailey and Sam Reinhart for example). Also interesting that Jack Hughes and Kakko are already on the list.
  2. Not sure if there is confusion or not on the Hutton situation but since no one else spelled it out clearly I will take a shot at it. If Hutton is qualified, he only has to be qualified at 100% of his current salary. We can all agree that Hutton is not worth 2.8 (see Stecher at 2.3). The issue with being qualified is Hutton has arbitration rights. If he does not accept his qualifying offer (which I suspect he would not) he will take it to arbitration. Rick's comment about the sub 4.4 million is based on an arbitrator award and the walk away limits in the CBA. If the assumption is that Hutton will elect arbitration (which he would and not the team), then an award of less than 4.4 the team cannot walk away (CBA rules). This is the root of the issue - the Canucks qualify him and he takes them to arbitration then the Canucks are trapped to a contract. This is why Hutton has no trade value - the new team would be in the same boat. Hutton has to go UFA to get signed to a contract with proper value. He is not worth 2.8 (minimum qualifying offer) to 4.4 (max can't walk away arbitrator award). For those that want - Capfriendly lays out the arbitration rules very clearly. The other issue is that you cannot negotiate an amount less than the current salary when the player is an RFA. So the minimum the Canucks would sign Hutton at is 2.8 if they qualify him and he agrees. I think the Canucks would like to see Hutton more at the Stecher price point but the reality is they need change on the D and unfortunately Hutton is a victim of that circumstance. Once Edler was signed that was the last of Hutton. It is sad he has no trade value but that is not a slight to the team or to Hutton - it is a function of his current contract, the CBA and the likely award of an arbitrator. Plus if you are another GM - you are not giving up an asset when you can try to get the player for free. I would not be surprised to see Hutton sign on with Ottawa (home town) for 3 years at 2.25 to 2.75.
  3. First let me say I was grumpy about the trade on Saturday. I am not really pro Benning. So now let me say this - the pick will be a 2021 pick (more on that in a minute). If we assume that most players don't make the NHL for 2 years after being drafted then the 2021 pick doesn't play until the 23/24 season. I must admit that is a long ways out from now. Truth is - lots can change. So while I don't like the cost, I honestly cannot predict the roster for next year let alone 23/24. Yes Tampa could end up with 2021 first overall, or they can end up with something from 20 to 31. I will do my best to not lose sleep over it at this point and realize the Canucks get 4 years of Miller contributing before that pick even steps on the ice in the NHL. I don't see the Canucks making the playoffs next year. Pardon the expression but the Canucks currently have a bad case of roster constipation. Sutter, Schaller, Beagle, Granlund, Baertschi, Spooner, Motte, Eriksson, Pearson, Leivo. The D has not changed other than Hughes graduating to the team. Adding Miller means that one more of that previous list isn't on the team but the reality is - too many of them still are. Benning needs to clear up his mess and until that happens this team is not a playoff team. Granted not all of them need to go but Eriksson, Sutter, Spooner, Schaller have to be gone ASAP. The D needs fixing - so far it looks like Hutton goes to make room for a free agent. If Myers is signed another D has to go (Tanev or Stecher). Lots of work to do on the current roster with very little return value in trades. There is still almost zero organizational depth at forward. Might I also say Calgary and Vegas lock up the top 2 spots in the Pacific. SJ is unknown. LA & Anaheim are awful. In the Central - Winnipeg, Nashville, St Louis and Colorado are excellent teams. Minnesota & Chicago are bad. Dallas is definitely in the thick of the Wildcard fight. So reality is SJ, Van, Edm and Ari are fighting it out for 2 playoff spots (Pacific 3rd and a WC). Last season 5 made it from the Central and I doubt that changes next season so I really think only Pacific 3rd is open.
  4. Sure shows what a steal Bo's current deal is. Bo's next contract is going to be significantly bigger. Cap management is going to be fun for the Canucks - fortunately most of the contracts are staggered timing wise. Although Pettersson and Hughes up at the same time will be interesting. I think Nelson is slightly overpaid. But given the Islanders arena saga not quite done and the departure of Tavares, I think they had to overpay to get him to stay. Curious to see what happens with their other free agents - Eberle and Lee in particular as those are the two contract I want to see. Can't imagine what the Islanders do if they lose them.
  5. Islanders twitter stating Brock Nelson has re-signed. 6 year deal at 6 million per AAV.
  6. The Oilers desperately need cap space that they can spend on players that will not be dead weight. Chiarelli ruined the last 4 years. There is an expectation of doing dramatic things to fix the team for next season. Trading the 8th OA is a strong option for the new GM but cap dump will be part of getting it. Lucic - who of course has a NTC, Russel and Koskinen are key dump targets. Oilers needs are scoring wingers, puck moving D (or at least a defensive upgrade) and goalies. Their prime assets are 8th OA and Puljujarvi. Any team that wants those will have cap hit/bad contract strapped to the asset. Anyone thinking Sutter with cap retention gets Edmonton to say yes isn't understanding what they want. Hutton, Virtanen, Goldobin, Baetschi, Stecher, Gaudette, Juolevi, Demko is the type of return they are looking for - cheap contracts for young NHL players with upside. While Chiarelli was dumber than most of us arm chair GMs - most GMs are a much smarter. I don't see their new GM's first trade to be a bad one. Should the Canucks be entertaining giving a division rival with 2 of the best players in the league the opportunity to be better? Somehow that doesn't make sense to me... 8th OA would be great but not if it means giving the Oilers the chance to fix their wrongs and compete for a Pacific top 3 at the Canucks expense. The Canucks are a viable partner because of cap space and the types of player the Oilers want back. I suspect the Canucks and Oilers talk but I doubt a deal happens because of the inter-divisional implications.
  7. The concern to me is we are now seeing the impact of Bennings decision to plug the age gap that they spoke about when they took over from Gillis. Granlund, Vey, Clendenning - all of those deals are now an issue. Can't change the past but it would be really great to have Forsling and Andersson available to this team right now for example. Honestly, I think the "crisis in Utica" simply is that we all assumed beginning in 2014 that there would be results from drafting and developing (especially by 2019). Boeser, Pettersson, Gaudette are playing. Virtanen has not met expectations (yes this season was certainly moving in the right direction). Demko is to be determined. Hughes is coming. Juolevi is still a huge unknown. And when you look at who is ready in Utica the answer is pretty much no one. I don't think that is a development issue - it is a selection issue (partly based on who was chosen but more based on what was given away in 2014, 2015 and 2016). Many other posters have already said it - outside the top 10 to 15 of the first round not many players make it. It really hurts when you see that the Canucks should have and could have used a pick given up to get a player that could now be developed and contributing - especially when the filler players in exchange for those picks provided nothing. Throw in that the roster is still plugged with tweeners and I think the crisis is simply pent up fan frustration trying find one thing to blame.