The follow players are UFA's come next summer (Just immediate roster players) :
I am skipping RFA's to make this simpler.
The question is what would YOU feel comfortable offering each of these players for their next contract, what would this be dependent on in the 2012-13 season, and would you rather let them go?
I guess as the OP I will start.
Manny Malhotra - 2 yrs @ 1M/yr - Even if he does not play like he did 2010-2011 this year I would be comfortable giving him 2 more years to solidify the 4th line, as center or winger he in a great mentor and still fantastic in his own end. If not, offer him a coaching position.
Mason Raymond - 1 yr @ 2.275M - Essentially the same contract he is on, and this is only if he performs well this season (20g, 20a) giving him another season to prove that he can be consistent season to season. If he does poorly I would let him walk.
Alex Burrows - 6 yr @ 4M/yr - Burrows has proven his consistency and durability, as well as his skill and heart, I would offer this contract even before this season starts, and if he held out for more I would be willing to start getting closer to 5M. I just feel 6-7 years is the most he is going to play.
Chris Higgins - 3yrs @ 3.0M/yr - I feel that if he has another season like he had last season it would be smart to lock Higgy up to a comfortable contract at about average cap per roster spot as he fits in both on the 2nd and 3rd lines, Higgins is too valuable to lose, but I think anything over 3 should be for guaranteed 2nd line wingers. Higgins seems to love Vancouver and would probably go for this.
Maxim Lapierre - 6yrs @ 1.5M/yr - Barring a completely terrible season where Max forgets how to play defensively I believe most canucks fans want him signed to a fairly long contract. Max is the perfect 4th line center and has shown the ability to slot anywhere in the lineup. I believe he has more offensive upside then he has shown and still being young 27, he should be locked up for his prime.
Andrew Ebbett - I do not see him being re-signed unless he has an outing like he had last year with his GWG's, if he does that again 1yr @ 650k
Aaron Volpatti - 2 yrs @ 750k - If he produces a little more offensively (10p) has regular fights (5+) plays well defensively (-5<) on a very defensive 4th line, and amounts more than 100 hits.
Alex Edler - 6yrs @ 5M - I am a skeptic, and I believe Edler's point total was for the same reason as Erhroff's (sedin's, PP) and I think his +/- isn't reassuring, but I would be willing to offer him Kesler's contract without the NTC as he has shown the ability to be a game changer, I would not give any more than Kesler's contract as it is already above the other top defense on the team. If he held out for more money he is our most valuable trading chip IMO.
Andrew Alberts - No contract - He was a serviceable defense man when needed but barring an amazing showing this season, I just don't see him staying on the roster, he is getting older and is no where as good a defense man as Rome was. His spot can be easily filled by one of our up and coming D prospects.
So To Conclude
Malhotra: 2M contract
Raymond: 2.275M Contract
Burrows: 24M contract
Higgins: 9M contract
Lapierre 9M contract
Ebbett: 650k max
Volpatti: 1.5M contract
Edler: 30M contract
Alberts: No contract
SO those are my thoughts, think for yourselves, what would YOU offer to our pending UFA's?
Edit: please move to Armchair GM section, I could have sworn I clicked on it.
Edited by knoxdown, 31 August 2012 - 05:25 PM.