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Five Step Plan to return to the Cup!

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I agree with most of that, especially 5., but we should try and keep Ehrhoff. It's not easy to find a 50-point-defenceman, and sure we have Edler who can easily hit 60 next season, but having two amazing offensive defencemen like that on the same team is a rarity.

What we need instead of Ballard is a defensive defenceman, like Mitchell and Hamhuis to play with Ehrhoff in particular, who's a lot worse defensively than Edler (he can play with Salo to compensate for his lack of physicality and speed).

You didn't mention it, but I'd want to keep as many of these players we had experience this loss as possible (ie. Higgins, Torres, Lapierre). They'll be hurting and they'll be hungrier than anyone else in the league.

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I like the Hartnell idea. Also, Joel Ward is a UFA for 1.2m soon, and he could fit well with Kes.

I agree about Ballard and the goaltending situation, good post

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I agree with most of that, especially 5., but we should try and keep Ehrhoff. It's not easy to find a 50-point-defenceman, and sure we have Edler who can easily hit 60 next season, but having two amazing offensive defencemen like that on the same team is a rarity.

What we need instead of Ballard is a defensive defenceman, like Mitchell and Hamhuis to play with Ehrhoff in particular, who's a lot worse defensively than Edler (he can play with Salo to compensate for his lack of physicality and speed).

You didn't mention it, but I'd want to keep as many of these players we had experience this loss as possible (ie. Higgins, Torres, Lapierre). They'll be hurting and they'll be hungrier than anyone else in the league.

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I agree with everything except #3.  Ballard had a terrible year and seemed prone to making bopneheaded plays in his own end.  However, I still think that he's a much better d-man than what he showed.  Injuries early on in the season hurt him and then AV gave him a really short leash.  I think he can refocus during the summer and get back to being the player that Gillis traded for.      

I'm not even sure how the Canucks would go about getting rid of him.  Buy him out?  He's signed long term and I don't think the Aquilinis would be too happy paying $16-17 mil just to get rid of a guy.  Trade him?  I don't think theres anybody out there that would want him based on his substantial and long term cap hit and the fact that he just put together the worst season of his career.  Better to let him improve his play before Gillis should think about trading him.  That only leaves the option of sending him to the minors.  I just flat out don't think thats going to happen.

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Nice post OP, agree with everything.

Joel Ward was mentioned - that guy showed so much grit in the WC semis - I was really impressed by him.

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Very good suggestions.... I would add that a top 6 forward would be available

in a Luongo trade to Tampa Bay (needs a top goalie)for a Sean Bergenheim or

Nate Thompson who would compliment Ryan Kesler. This would be good for both

Louie (who needs another start....in Florida - where the family wants to be)

--- and allow the Canucks to hold on to a future superstar in Schneider !

Add some grit with the cap space.....need to be tougher to play against.....

where is Stan Smyl ? ---- when we need him ?

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Some interesting ideas! That's for sure. Do we know for sure what the cap situation is Gradin going into next year?

Number #3) If you thought Ballard was garbage with his fat contract who wanna trade with Gillis for

Ballard? That's going to be a tough trade if he can pull it off. You can send him down to the minors and they're still stuck with a 4 million dollar player in the farm. If someone picks him off waiver we are still stuck with a portion of his Salary against the cap. It's better off that you have a 4 million dollar on you team when wasting your money sitting in the minors.

I'm pretty sure GilLis has been thinking of what you said GOING INTO THE OFFSEASON ? Gillis and Gilman know going to this off season is going to be busy having 4 dmen that ufa's. Again depends on the cap and what players or teams will be asking.

Totally agree with the Schnieder situation. I see most people here wants to trade this guy. And keeping a kid that is cheap and doing his job,why would you want to do that if you have a 5.3 or 10 million dollar goaltender that has a occasional meltdown.

I'm pretty sure that if there a better player out there for the team either its on Dmen or forward they're going to do what's best for the team. Gillis has been known not to sit on his laurels.

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great post ... i agree on most of your points except:

#2 - Ehrhoff was useless in the SCF. sure he's a scorer and move the puck well, but we have great upcoming d-men from Moose: Tanev, Connauton, Sweatt, Parent

i like the idea as well with Joe Ward.

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I love the idea of signing someone like Ward or Hartnell to pair up with Kesler.

I'm also an advocate of keeping Ehrhoff. Keeping in mind he had a shoulder injury in the playoffs, he's a 50 point defenseman.

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great post ... i agree on most of your points except:

#2 - Ehrhoff was useless in the SCF. sure he's a scorer and move the puck well, but we have great upcoming d-men from Moose: Tanev, Connauton, Sweatt, Parent

i like the idea as well with Joe Ward.

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Very good suggestions.... I would add that a top 6 forward would be available

in a Luongo trade to Tampa Bay (needs a top goalie)for a Sean Bergenheim or

Nate Thompson who would compliment Ryan Kesler. This would be good for both

Louie (who needs another start....in Florida - where the family wants to be)

--- and allow the Canucks to hold on to a future superstar in Schneider !

Add some grit with the cap space.....need to be tougher to play against.....

where is Stan Smyl ? ---- when we need him ?

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Well this team was great this year but there was a lot going against them. I almost think it wouldn't have mattered if you had more tough players. If the coach insists on playing a goalie that is shaky just so he doesn't get his ego damaged then you cannot win the cup.

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Well this team was great this year but there was a lot going against them. I almost think it wouldn't have mattered if you had more tough players. If the coach insists on playing a goalie that is shaky just so he doesn't get his ego damaged then you cannot win the cup.

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He also had a shoulder injury. He's a big part of why our powerplay couldn't get it done.

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Ballard is going to say, he is going to have a great season you'll see.

As for Ehrhoff, I hate to say it, but I think we lose him. He will end up with the Red Wings.

To compensate for the loss of Ehrhoff we could sign Eric Brewer, he has a 4 million cap hit.

As for up front...I really don't think there is any need for more offense. My opinion is to go with what we have until the trade deadline and if necessary at that time we have lots of trade bait that could be used to bring in a good forward.

My projected line up.

D.Sedin - H.Sedin - Burrows

Samuelson/Raymond - Kesler - Higgins

Lappierre - Malhotra - Hansen

Volpatti - Bolduc - Oreskovich

Bieksa - Hamhuis

Edler - Brewer

Salo - Ballard/ Rome

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