1st Round Pick 2012
1st Round Pick 2013
Sign Shane Doan to a 3 year contract worth $17.25M
CAPGEEK.COM USER GENERATED ROSTER
My Custom Lineup
Daniel Sedin ($6.100m) / Henrik Sedin ($6.100m) / Alexandre Burrows ($2.000m)
Loui Eriksson ($4.250m) / Ryan Kesler ($5.000m) / Shane Doan ($5.750m)
David Booth ($4.250m) / Marcel Goc ($1.700m) / Zack Kassian ($0.870m)
Chris Higgins ($1.900m) / Maxim Lapierre ($1.000m) / Jannik Hansen ($1.350m)
Manny Malhotra ($2.500m) /
Dan Hamhuis ($4.500m) / Kevin Bieksa ($4.600m)
Alexander Edler ($3.250m) / Jason Garrison ($4.600m)
Andrew Alberts ($1.225m) / Erik Gudbranson ($3.200m)
Derek Joslin ($0.700m) /
Cory Schneider ($4.000m)
Eddie Lack ($1.000m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $70,200,000; CAP PAYROLL: $69,845,000; BONUSES: $2,300,000
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $355,000
Dallas has incredible depth for top-6 wingers; the Stars have Benn, Eriksson, Jagr, Whitney, Morrow, and Ryder all competing for a top-6 spot. What they lack organizationally is a second line centre and a top 4 defenseman. They do have several good prospects that could potentially fill a roster spot, but many of them are far from being NHL-ready.
Trading an asset of excess in winger Loui Eriksson will garner enough pieces to fill their needs. Ballard can immediately step into a top-4 role, and his mobility and puck-moving skills will help their transition game and offense. Schroeder, being undersized for a 3rd line role, can thrive on the second line with big, skilled wingers. Moreover, he is the all-time leading scorer for Americans at the World Juniors. Who did he surpass? None other than Mike Modano. Raymond will provide two-way depth, and the draft picks allow the Stars to further fill organizational need.
Losing Gudbranson in a Luongo deal would be a big blow to Florida's defence (especially after losing Garrison to us in free agency). Gaining Tanev, a young and up-and-coming defenseman who may be able to play 2nd pairing minutes after spending 2 seasons on the bottom pairing, will help to soften the blow. Luongo, still a world-class goalie, will improve their team defence and may even help them advance further into the playoffs (many believe that if they had better goaltending they would be able to advance into the 2nd round).
They lose a quality centre in Goc, but they have good prospects that can fill the need for a second line centre. They might want Huberdeau to fill in that spot, as spending another year in junior might not help his development. Also affecting whether or not he gets that second line spot is his size and strength. According to the Saint John's Sea Dogs website he is currently listed as 6'1" 171 lbs. If he gains another 5-10 lbs of muscle he has a real shot at making the NHL next season.
The Canucks not only get bigger and tougher throughout the entire roster, but we also gain depth. We gain a big two-way sniper with playmaking abilities on a very good contract in Loui Eriksson. We lose several assets but the acquisition of Eriksson justifies this move.
Shane Doan adds size, grit, and leadership. He should be able to hit 60 points playing alongside Eriksson and Kesler. We do overpay in the contract for a 35 year old player, but Doan is no ordinary vet. He is in tip-top shape and has at least another 2 or 3 more years of 45+ points in production.
Marcel Goc is an underrated two-way player. Although not known as a physical player, he has size (6'1" 200 lbs.) and has a high takeaway/giveaway ratio. He is relatively good at face-offs, and has enough skill to momentarily handle a second line centre role. Playing alongside physical players like Kassian and Booth will compensate for Goc's lack of physical play and will provide us with scoring depth.
The trio of Higgins, Lapierre, and Hansen was arguably our best line during our playoff run to the finals. They worked very well together as each of their own unique styles complemented each other's perfectly. They were able to forecheck hard and cause offensive zone turnovers, play clutch defensive minutes, and were able to score some goals every now and then. With the added depth up front our 3rd line now becomes our 4th.
Gudbranson on the bottom pairing with Alberts would make them a big and hard-hitting tandem. With the right partner Gudbranson could even play 2nd-pairing minutes for a short amount of time.
The Canucks lose 1 long-term contract in Ballard but gain 2 more in Eriksson and Doan. It may be hard to re-sign both Edler and Burrows next offseason, especially with the current CBA expiring. Next season Malhotra's, Higgins', Lapierre's, and Alberts' contracts expire as well, freeing up $6.624M of cap space that can be shared between Edler and Burrows. Edler will most likely command $6M (an extra $2.75M from his current cap hit) and Burrows $4M (an extra $2M from his current cap hit). That leaves a leftover of $1.874M and the difference in whatever the cap rises to to fill 4 roster spots. Keep in mind that we could always trade a high cap contract like Booth for cap relief. The Canucks' best chance to win the cup would be this season. Next season would still have much of the roster together but a weaker 4th line.
Edited by Blömqvist, 24 July 2012 - 10:45 PM.