It's not cap relief if you end up paying 5 mill in cap space for a guy who doesn't dress for your team. It's borrowing against your future. It wouldn't fit the Canucks model of staying competitive every year.
Not neccesarily. It also helps to reduce the cap hit anyway if the player is not intending to play those years. If Doan will only play 3 more years than a 8,8,5,3,1 will still pay him 21 mil (3 years at $7 mil avg) where as the cap hit is only $5 mil. If Doan still feels like playing in those last years he will probably be making what he's worth by then.
It was known that Sundin didn't want a multi year deal. It was an attention grabber, and it served it's purpose.
no Gillis has learned from his mistakes a player that old will only accept a 1 year 10 mill contract.