The cap for this year is 70.2, and the Canucks are at 67.7 with a full roster. Let's imagine that we move Luongo (which is likely) and dump one of Ballard or Booth for a late draft pick (not as likely, but definitely possible.) That would probably give us in the neighbourhood of 8 million in cap space, which in turn gives us a HUGE opportunity. That cap space allows us to pick up a good player on a bad contract, use them for this season, and then amnesty them in the summer.
For example, it's likely that Tampa wants to amnesty Lecavalier. He is still a good player, but he is not worth the contract. Instead of using an amnesty on him, though, they could just trade him to us. This would help Tampa for the following reasons:
- They could get rid of his contract now rather than in the summer, saving the owner money and giving them more cap flexibility
- When you amnesty a player, you still have to pay 2/3 of his salary. For a small market team like Tampa, that's prohibitive. This way, they don't have to pay anything.
- Instead of losing him for nothing, they'd get an asset back, even if it's just a late draft pick.