so my game plan would be to let Tanev walk, and trade Stecher + Virtanen for picks. (8.5Mish). Virtanens value has grown and will require a raise... probably in the 3-4M range. I feel like players like MacEwen/Pod/Lind can ultimately fill his role in order to save on cap for better players, while turning current players into other assets.
Canucks will have approximately 24M to play with for 20/21
Marky 4 years 5.5M
Toffoli 5 years 6M
Gaudette 3 years 3M
Then Id look at taking a shot at Pieterangelo. 6 years 7M He’s 30 and likely looking for term. Could be a dangerous contract, but the reality is that Pete and Hughes are elc for next season... and Piet would round this defence core into a contending group for the next few seasons. The following year we have Sutter, Pearson, Edler, and Benn (16M) coming off the books to open up the extension space for our 2 stars... while also having Pod, Hog, Rafferty, Juolevi, Lind, Tryamkin et all ready for prime time to help fill out the roster. the year after, Roussel, Beagle and Eriksson all off opening up another roughly 11M for other additions/extensions... all while the cap inflates. Hopefully Van gets Pete and Hughes extensions done this summer, which won’t count until 21/22... 7-9M each imo.
Miller Pete Toffoli
Pearson Bo Brock
Ferland/Leivo? Gaudette MacEwen
Roussel Beagle Sutter