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#61 The Sedin's 6th Sense

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:34 PM

Great news!

Absolutely love what Salo brings to our line-up.


Thanks for the knowledgable input Dr. Recchi :P


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Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:35 PM

Salo is worth 3.5+ on the open market on a 1 year contract.

I hope Gillis doesn't offer him below 2, because that would just be insulting to a player who has shown nothing but class to Vancouver.


Well said, and not to mention he took a big paycut this year and deserves more after his great season so far.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 11:06 PM

They both receive $7 million -salary (without the bonus,not the cap hit figure).

Sami gets no BONUS and is the biggest bonus on the D.

Goblix has the link above.

Imagine Bieksa making $11.5 million with the bonus and how Sami feels about what he should make ,but isn't?


Bioeksa only makes 7 mill this year and then is goes down to 4.5 mill (salary) - and drops down (except for a jump to 5 next year) as times goes on. Hammer makes only 5 Mill (salary) and drops to 4.25 for the remainder of his contract

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 11:10 PM

Well said, and not to mention he took a big paycut this year and deserves more after his great season so far.


I was thinking he took a paycut to remain on this Team ?
Afterall, He made almost 15 Million from the Canucks in 4 yrs only averaging around 64 games/year?
Except 2010, when He only played 27

When You take into account most players play 80 or so games per season
Salo has been well paid for how many games He actually plays

Sounds like Salo would like to play
Im sure Canucks would consider it
But not at a Big pay raise like You mention
Maybe one with a games played bonus included though?

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 11:21 PM

I can't imagine our d without salo on it. 5 more years! Really though he looks like he can still play for a while.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:24 AM

I was thinking he took a paycut to remain on this Team ?
Afterall, He made almost 15 Million from the Canucks in 4 yrs only averaging around 64 games/year?
Except 2010, when He only played 27

When You take into account most players play 80 or so games per season
Salo has been well paid for how many games He actually plays


I think you are wrong on basically every front.

You need to go look at defenceman salaries... even huge plugs get paid over $3 million, mainly because NHL calibre defenceman are rare. Most teams are lucky to have 4-5 of them. Have you even seen what our ex-players are getting offered? Erhoff is making $10 million this year! Ohlund got a massive long term contract even after he was past his prime and playing on one leg.
Salo is a legitimate top pairing defenceman on most teams when he is healthy, even now as he is a little older.

1 Salo has been VERY underpaid for years, probably because he is so injury prone. If he wasn't injury prone, we would have been spending upwards of $4-5 million per season on him,

2. Most players do NOT play around 80 games a year, that is actually pretty unusual for a player to average that kind of number. Between 1/3-1/2 of players play at least 80 games in a given year... and far less average that over a career.
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 01:45 AM

Completely true; but we also did pretty well without Salo 85% of last season.

god i hope he stays...love salo, unless webber fills the hole left by losing him were pretty screwed defensively. its extremely apparent this season just him being part of a game makes a big difference.



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Posted 03 April 2012 - 02:06 AM

That's great! I love Sami!

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 02:07 AM

yea, where's the 7mil from?


From people who don't understand the term "cap-hit"

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 02:59 AM

He deserves 2M+. He was one of our most steady Dmen all year so why should he get a cut in pay? Would you take a cut in pay if you were in his shoes? You also don't kick a guy in the nads for doing a good job either.


Probably wouldn't even phase him, at this point ;)

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 03:13 AM

He hasn't been quite sharp of late which is something I've noticed with Salo - he's our best defenceman in small spurts, but after playing so many consecutive games he starts to wear down and get sluggish and look slow out there.

In the first dozen games of the season he was IMO our best player and I believe lead the team in points for a while, then slowed down as his body did.

The reason he was so great last playoffs was the long injury layoff, so I'm not sure how he'll perform after playing so many regular season games plus post season this year.

I say we healthy-scratch him for the rest of the season to give him an extra week off which will pay huge dividends for us in the first round at least.
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 06:39 AM

This is definitely true, which is why he's a great fit on a team with a lot of depth like ours, where he can mentor younger players without logging the game minutes you'd expect from somebody this good. I'd love to see Connauton pick up some of Salo's game, and hope they're both on the Canucks next year.

He hasn't been quite sharp of late which is something I've noticed with Salo - he's our best defenceman in small spurts, but after playing so many consecutive games he starts to wear down and get sluggish and look slow out there.

In the first dozen games of the season he was IMO our best player and I believe lead the team in points for a while, then slowed down as his body did.

The reason he was so great last playoffs was the long injury layoff, so I'm not sure how he'll perform after playing so many regular season games plus post season this year.

I say we healthy-scratch him for the rest of the season to give him an extra week off which will pay huge dividends for us in the first round at least.



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Posted 03 April 2012 - 06:50 AM

It would be great if he comes back another year. He's a solid guy to have. The current 2 million contract sounds right for him. People offering less need to get real.

I would like to reduce his minutes though. Next year he would preferably be on the 3rd pairing and can move into the top-four seamlessly if needed.

Hamhuis - Bieksa
Edler - _______
______ - Salo

Ballard moved, probably one of Gragnani, Connautton, Rome on the 3rd pair. Hoping we find a solid UFA defenceman to play with Edler on the right side or get a good-young, top-four right-hander in a trade.

Good, young, top-four right-hander? Hmm who is that guy that seems to be synonymous with a cucumber?

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:55 AM

Europe is 'somewhere' too...

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 08:06 AM

The only reason Salo isn't worth more is because of his lack of health over the years. Considering we've had him for a huge portion of this season, the 2m salary is a steal. If we resign him again for 2m I will not be unhappy. If there was any way Gillis can get him for even less, I'd be thrilled.
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 08:13 AM

Salo will be looking for a raise. I bet someone's willing to give him a 1 year 4 million at UFA. Not sure whether that fits into Gillis' cap plan. I'd think that he'd be re-signed before July 1 if he were to stay in Van though.

I love Sami, but am ready to move on should some other R handed top 4 option become available.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 08:45 AM

Reliability, thats what defence is all about and Sami has it in bucket loads. He's a calming influence and an inspiration of how to play the right way in this game.

He is one of my favourite players and we probably won't really appreciate just how good he is until he is unavailable. We saw what a few weeks without him was like...............we are not ready to let Sami go yet and I like that he wants to keep going. In another year or two he will have straightened Gragnani and Tanev out and he will leave us with a wonderful legacy.

While I appreciate he will want to go home to Finland I would really like to see him in Chicago coaching the young defenders when he finally decides to call it a day.

I hope we do win the SC this year or next as it will be a great reward for Sami and all he has been through and done for us.......................SAM....I!
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 08:58 AM

He hasn't been quite sharp of late which is something I've noticed with Salo - he's our best defenceman in small spurts, but after playing so many consecutive games he starts to wear down and get sluggish and look slow out there.

In the first dozen games of the season he was IMO our best player and I believe lead the team in points for a while, then slowed down as his body did.

The reason he was so great last playoffs was the long injury layoff, so I'm not sure how he'll perform after playing so many regular season games plus post season this year.

I say we healthy-scratch him for the rest of the season to give him an extra week off which will pay huge dividends for us in the first round at least.


While you are entitled to hold that view, I see it as grossly unfair. All the players on our D have been less than consistent, even Edler and Bieksa who have upped their production.

Also, for what is no doubt, the benefit of the team AV has chopped and changed the D combis around this year, added to that Sami has had to accommodate line mates who have often been either inconsistent themselves or like Alberts, have not been regular selections.

Lastly, there was that a serious injury he had in Boston. I think it is safe to say Sami has done everything asked of him this year and more. We were undoubtedly weaker without him. That in itself is a testament to his form and ability this year.
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:47 AM

At this point in Canuck development Salo's cost is not as important as to whether a rookie should get his icetime or not. Tanev, MAG, K.Conn and Sauve are all knocking at the door. That doesn't even mention the college kids. Your roster limits do not allow keeping a player as a jesture. No doubt that Salo is currently a better player than those I mentioned but young players need ice to climb into the NHL.

MG might consider Salo re-upping as a blessing in disguise if his depth chart points to another player he wants to draft, trade for or sign as a UFA (that Pred D-man that was talked about :) ) Many options out there so we cannot assume anything.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:48 AM

He deserves 2M+. He was one of our most steady Dmen all year so why should he get a cut in pay? Would you take a cut in pay if you were in his shoes? You also don't kick a guy in the nads for doing a good job either.


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