- Keslers replacement is not going to come via a trade or a free agent. Who ever steps up to help fill that void is going to have to be from within the organisation. Schroeder has the potential to be a 2nd line center, so why not give him a shot at it for the first month while Kesler is out.
-Kassian should not be playing in the AHL next season, hes NHL ready , hes big, can hit, and he can skate, playing in the NHL will help him develop his game better then the AHL.
-Jensen is the wild card, out of the forwards, hes the youngest out of the bunch, but hes the favorite to make it among NHL scouts. If the scouts believe hes are best prospect right now, I want too see what he's got.
-When it comes to defencemen , I think we should have Gragnani or Tanev alternating out the the bottom 2. With so many young guys starting at forward the Canucks are better off having more veterans playing D.
- One of AV's biggest criticisms is not giving prospects any playing time. With his new contract freshly signed maybe it will help get some critics off his back if he did let them start the first 15 games or so.
-The start of the season is the best time to be experimenting, it leaves room for them to catch up if there experiment doesn't go well. Besides teams like the Oilers and the Laughs are usually the best teams to start the season anyways. It usually takes teams about 3 months to settle down and figure each other out.
-The NHL is getting younger and younger, season after season, the Canucks are not following that trend. Now in days in the cap era, teams need young players with cheap contracts that are able to play at high levels. Hawks won that way , the Bruins too, and Philly was so stacked this year because of all there young guys low salaries(this offseason will be an interesting one for them).
- Who knows we may have the next Sean Couturier, Adam Henrique, or Carl Hagelin already in are system.
-All I'm saying is at least give are prospects a real chance to shine in the NHL during the first 15 games or so.
Here is a lineup i wouldn't mind seeing to start the season
or at least until the Luongo(maybe Schneider) trade happens and when Kesler comes back
- My main reason to let the kids play........ KEEP LUONGO AND SCHNEIDER..... 1 more year as a tandem, keeping them together gives us are best shot at winning Lord Stanley.....
-If not the whole season, keep both of them untill the goalie market really heats up, teams usually know they have goaltending issues when its closer to the all star break. Right now the market is kinda cold especially with Lu's limited no trade clause.
CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR ROSTER
My Custom Lineup
Daniel Sedin ($6.100m) /-------- Henrik Sedin ($6.100m) / ---------Alexandre Burrows ($2.000m)
David Booth ($4.250m) /-------- Jordan Schroeder ($1.025m) /--- Chris Higgins ($1.900m)
Jannik Hansen ($1.350m) / -----Manny Malhotra ($2.500m) /------ Nicklas Jensen ($0.894m)
Jordin Tootoo ($1.750m) / ------Maxim Lapierre ($1.000m) /------- Zack Kassian ($0.870m)
Ryan Kesler ($5.000m) / Zenon Konopka ($0.800m)
Kevin Bieksa ($4.600m) /------------ Dan Hamhuis ($4.500m)
Sami Salo ($2.000m) /---------------- Alexander Edler ($3.250m)
Jason Garrison ($4.000m) /--------- Chris Tanev ($0.900m)
Marc-Andre Gragnani ($1.150m) /
Roberto Luongo ($5.333m)
Cory Schneider ($3.250m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $64,522,500; BONUSES: $125,000
CAP SPACE (23-man roster):- $222,500
Ballard Raymond Alberts can be traded for anything
Sign Lack, Ebbett, Volpatti and Weise 2 way
Edited by shawn antoski, 23 May 2012 - 10:05 PM.