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  1. Yes, the player tier 1-5 ranking is pretty suspect. According to their rating, Taylor Hall (20+33=53) is a Tier 1 star even though he was second behind Kyle Palmieri (not rated on tiers 1 to 5) in scoring on the Devils. Bo (20+32=52) rates zero on the tier scale as well. If the player ratings are that inaccurate, then I wouldn't take this analysis as any more than a rough approximation of overall star power. But to say NJD has a tier 1 star and we have none is a stretch.
  2. I think this question is hypothetical at this point. Let's cross this bridge when we come to it.
  3. Good lineup. Could also throw in Olli Juolevi for first 9 games if he has an awesome camp but expect him to go back to junior. Holm and Pedan provide extra depth alternatives to Biega. Would expect Burmistrov (if he gets signed), Molino, and Jake Virtanen to be alternative depth call ups to Boucher.
  4. I'm not sure if Burmistrov deal is done yet (his agent Adam Oates says the deal is in the works). It may or may not be one-way. But here is one possible line-up. Armchair-GM User-Generated Roster - Canucks Post Free Agent Frenzy 2017 FORWARDS (14) Right wing: B. Boeser ($925,000) - N. Goldobin ($863,333) - L. Eriksson ($6,000,000) - A. Rodin ($700,000) - J. Virtanen ($894,167) Centre: B. Horvat ($5,500,000) - H. Sedin ($7,000,000) - S. Gagner ($3,150,000) - B. Sutter ($4,375,000) Left wing: S. Baertschi ($1,850,000) - D. Sedin ($7,000,000) - M. Granlund ($900,000) - B. Gaunce ($900,000) - A. Burmistrov ($900,000) DEFENSE (9) Right: C. Tanev ($4,450,000) - E. Gudbranson ($3,500,000) - T. Stecher ($925,000) - P. Wiercioch ($650,000) Left: A. Edler ($5,000,000) - B. Hutton ($2,800,000) - M. Del Zotto ($3,000,000) - P. Holm ($925,000) - O. Juolevi ($894,166) GOALTENDER (2) J. Markstrom ($3,666,667) - A. Nilsson ($2,500,000) BUYOUTS C. Higgins ($833,333) DETAILS Roster Size: 25 NHL Salary Cap: $75,000,000 LTIR: $1,117,501 Cap Hit: $72,519,167 Cap Space: $2,480,833
  5. Petrus Palmu was picked by Benning at #181!! His nearest comparable was Kailer Yamamoto who was picked by Edmonton at #22 overall. Their stats are pretty similar...but given that Petrus was picked at #181, this could be a steal! Kailer Yamamoto Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/- 2016-17 Spokane Chiefs WHL 65 42 57 99 45 14 Petrus Palmu Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/- Playoffs GP G A Pts PIM +/- 2016-17 Owen Sound Attack OHL 62 40 58 98 34 31 17 13 8 21 6 -2
  6. I'd take a look at some UFAs like Cody Franson, Michael Del Zotto, Karl Alzner, or Michael Stone. All are 30 or younger, and can contribute some decent playing minutes and the odd few points. PLAYER AGE POS GP G A P +/- TOI SALARY ▾ CAP HIT Kevin Shattenkirk 28 D 80 13 43 56 -7 19:51 $5,200,000 $4,250,000 Cody Franson 29 D 68 3 16 19 -5 18:28 $2,650,000 $3,325,000 Michael Del Zotto 26 D 51 6 12 18 -5 19:30 $4,000,000 $3,875,000 Karl Alzner 28 D 82 3 10 13 23 19:47 $2,800,000 $2,800,000 Kris Russell 30 D 68 1 12 13 5 21:13 $3,100,000 $3,100,000 Michael Stone 27 D 64 3 12 15 0 20:13 $4,000,000 $4,000,000
  7. Vegas must select 14 forwards, 9 defencemen and 3 goaltenders. The remaining 4 can be any position. But looking at the other defensemen available (e.g. Johnson, Methot), I don't think it is a foregone conclusion that Sbisa will be among the 9 defensemen unless they also use some of the remaining 4 slots on D as well. If they do pick Sbisa, it will probably be to trade Sbisa for another asset - probably a prospect or a draft pick.
  8. I wouldn't trade Edler this summer as I don't think it maximizes his value as an asset. Alex would be more likely to waive his NTC at the trade deadline once he knows for sure which teams are going to be in the playoffs and will have the best chance for a cup run. I would rather see how Alex does under the Travis Green regime and re-evaluate the possibility of trading him (or not) before the TDL next season. We might find that Alex has a resurgence and then we would be in a better situation to use him as a potential trading chip or else consider keeping him if he is having a great influence on the younger D.
  9. Why isn't this thread in "Around the NHL" (unless the OP intends on making this a Canucks-specific position on participation in the Olympics).
  10. My 23-man starting roster for the season... D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Eriksson Baertschi - Horvat - Rodin Burrows - Sutter - Hansen Ruutu - Gaunce - Dorsett Granlund Edler - Tanev Hutton - Gudbranson Sbisa - Stecher Pedan - Tryamkin Miller Markstrom I have Rodin, Gaunce and Stecher making the team. Although Labate has shown really well pre-season, it is toss-up decision as to whether Ruutu or Labate makes the team - I choose Ruutu as the only PTO to make cut: sign Ruutu for 1 yr contract. Trade Etem or put on waivers. Send Labate, Virtanen, Biega, Larsen to Utica but these guys provide good depth.
  11. Garteig has already been sent down to Utica. See The Utica Comets camp is just about to start. It will be interesting to see if Utica carries 3 goalies (Bachman, Demko and Garteig) or whether Garteig presummably goes down to ECHL Alaska Aces.
  12. Ruutu missed 27 games with a broken foot while with the Devils. When he returned, perhaps he was not 100% fully healed - hence his lacklustre performance. This fall, his health and fitness could be improved.
  13. Ruutu missed 27 games last year with the Devils because of a broken foot. Hopefully his foot has healed fully.
  14. When you remember the devastating hip checks that Canuck Hilliard Graves used to make, and when you remember how high-touted Canuck rookie Bill Derlago blew out his knee in his first season when he got hip checked while admiring one of his passes. Derlago was never the same even after traded to the Leafs.
  15. I think Thatcher Demko will really benefit in Utica from Rollie keeping a close eye!