Looks like this is our final year to try and win it all then. We're currently sitting at around 67 million in cap hit and can spend up to 70M this season alone. Next season it drops to 64...
Basically we get one chance with this full squad (including Edler and Garrison) before we'll have to cut down big time on the big contracts. Edler is very unlikely to re-sign here unless we can lose Luongo and Ballard for cheap prospects in return. We'll also have to try and re-sign some big names like Malhotra, Higgins, Raymond, Lapierre and Tanev who will, on the whole, hopefully even out.
The Canucks are probably still the team with the best chance to win a Cup right now, but this looks like it's it - our final season where this window is open. It's really now or never.
Disagree that signing Edler is highly unlikely.
We are about 2.5 Million over the cap for next year, we trade Luongo for picks/prospects that frees up 4-5 Million, Manny re-signs at a lesser # that saves us 1 - 1.5 Million, We let Raymond walk (unless he recaptures 09-10 form) that saves us 2 Million. Then we go down the line and assess if we need those guys (Player like Higgins and Lappy) based on where our prospects are and what they will take to re-sign.
We will have alot more room than people think IMO, I doubt we have to buyout Ballard, and I think Edler signs a 5+ year deal at anywhere from 5-6 Million.
Edited by Smashian Kassian, 06 January 2013 - 05:50 AM.