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BuretoMogilny

2014 Nucks Makeover

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Depending on what happens in the playoffs, most would agree the Nucks need a bit of a change next year.

We are still lacking the hands/size combination, aggressiveness/hitting, and hunger we need to win a cup. As such here are my thoughts (albeit challenging to do all of them) that could really turn us into a TOUGH team to play against, and one that's built for the playoff grind, and that can play any style.

Right now our 2014 cap is 60 million, it is expected to be 64 million so here are my views.

First things first

1.Ballard and Tostito (resign and trade) for Matt Martin and a 2nd round pick. isles will be desperate for dmen as many of theirs are aging and are ufas.

2. Do not re-sign Manny (known) and Ebbett and have to let Higgy go.

3. Lou and Booth for a young right shooting dman who can step in and a 1st.

4. Sign David Clarkson for 4.25 ml and Torres for 2.25, resign Raymond for a 3 ml cap hit (for three years)

This team will have size on every line. Someone who can score and hit with the Sedins (and take some pressure off Kassian and let him develop properly).Clarkson has size, uses it, can fight and will drop em, protect the Sedins and can score, has very good hands, good cycler and around the net/tough areas.

I don't think we'll need a third line center if Schroeds keeps developing and we add size througout the line up (size that uses its size). If Kesler gets hurt, with this line up we still have enough size on the wings to manage to win with a smaller center. Schroeds is looking like the real deal and needs to be given the oppty on the third now.

Move Kassian with Burr and Kesler. Size on that line, Burr can be the playmaker, that would be one annoying and tough line to play against.

Third line, issue for me here was I don't like a Mayray, Schroeder, Hansen line in the playoffs (lacking size). Signing and bringing back torres adds a new dynamic here. It provides a solid forcheck like Hansen but adds hitting, and size to handle playoff hockey.

Hansen drops to fourth and now we have a fourth AV loves. Lappy with Hansen can be two of the best shutdown players in the league, Martin brings a hitter like no other and this line will TIRE the HELL out of teams in the playoffs.

AV can now roll all four lines like he did in the run. I like the depth, the size, the toughness, and scoring ability. We still have Jensen in the minors as well as Gaunce as potential call ups.

Nothing drastic, but shows how a couple small changes can really change the dynamic, and size of this team

Line up.

Daniel Henrik Clarkson

6.1 / 6.1/ 4.25 = 16

Burrows Kelser Kassian

4.5 / 5/ .875 = 10.4

Raymond Schroeder Torres

3.0 / 1.25 / 2.25 = 6.5

Martin Lappiere Hansen

1 / 1.35 / 1.35 = 3.7

Hamhuis Garrison

4.5 / 4.6 = 9.1

Edler Tanev

5 / 2 = 7

Bieksa / New D

4.6 /1.5

Schnieds

4

Lack

.875

Total = 64 Mil

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Hansen on the 4th where he'll get like 12 mins a game? Clarkson isn't going to be so easy to acquire but I'd love to have him. I think Jensen can make the jump next year.

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Hansen on the 4th where he'll get like 12 mins a game? Clarkson isn't going to be so easy to acquire but I'd love to have him. I think Jensen can make the jump next year.

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thanks for having some realistic cap hits. I feel like we need to give our top young talent some serious opportunity in a top 6 role. the twins are getting old and kesler is a band aid. Jensen and Gaunce and Rodin need to develop so we don't completely suck and have to totally rebuild when the twins retire.

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1.) I'm wondering if the Canucks might have to take back an extra contract/cap dump in the deal. The Islanders do have a lot of cap space, but it doesn't mean that they want to use it up. :)

I'm also thinking that Ballard could bring back more of a return than just Martin (a 4th line grinder) and a 2nd (although as it sits, it would be the 39th pick overall). Still, I see it as overpayment on the part of the Canucks, even if we factor in the $3 million cap dump by the Canucks in the deal as written.

2.) Higgins may well go on his own. He's probably being underpaid (by at least a few hundred thousand) of what he could have gotten elsewhere. And if your alternative to Higgins is Torres, then I would say keep Higgins.

3.) Any idea what team wants to give up a "young right shooting dman who can step in and a 1st" for Luongo and Booth? And who would this young d-man be? And for what year would this belong?

4.) Clarkson might be a good signing, and the Canucks might have to go as high as the salary you have suggested, but the guy has had some variable results over his career. How flexible is he as to where he can play? The team is getting a bit full on right wing with Burrows, Kassian and Hansen all over there. I'm not that familiar with Clarkson, so other than size, what does he bring to the first line and the Sedins? Can he play the type of cycle game of the Sedins?

I would prefer that the Canucks not re-sign Torres. And I certainly wouldn't re-sign him at that price.

I suspect that Raymond can be had for something less than the $3 million you are suggesting. I suspect that Gillis will be able to grind a home-town discount out of the guy because of all the loyalty he has shown Raymond these past two years. And, I think Raymond likes it here.

5.) Hansen on the 4th line is a waste of talent, especially if you're putting Torres ahead of him.

6.) Bieksa is a right side d-man. Why are you bringing in a right side d-man only to play Bieksa on the left? Garrison is a left side d-man, although he can play on the right side (but supposedly he is better on the left).

So, for your pairings the team could perhaps have Garrison, Edler and Hamhuis on the left side, and Bieksa, Tanev and "new guy" on the right.

regards,

G.

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1.) I'm wondering if the Canucks might have to take back an extra contract/cap dump in the deal. The Islanders do have a lot of cap space, but it doesn't mean that they want to use it up. :)

I'm also thinking that Ballard could bring back more of a return than just Martin (a 4th line grinder) and a 2nd (although as it sits, it would be the 39th pick overall). Still, I see it as overpayment on the part of the Canucks, even if we factor in the $3 million cap dump by the Canucks in the deal as written.

2.) Higgins may well go on his own. He's probably being underpaid (by at least a few hundred thousand) of what he could have gotten elsewhere. And if your alternative to Higgins is Torres, then I would say keep Higgins.

3.) Any idea what team wants to give up a "young right shooting dman who can step in and a 1st" for Luongo and Booth? And who would this young d-man be? And for what year would this belong?

4.) Clarkson might be a good signing, and the Canucks might have to go as high as the salary you have suggested, but the guy has had some variable results over his career. How flexible is he as to where he can play? The team is getting a bit full on right wing with Burrows, Kassian and Hansen all over there. I'm not that familiar with Clarkson, so other than size, what does he bring to the first line and the Sedins? Can he play the type of cycle game of the Sedins?

I would prefer that the Canucks not re-sign Torres. And I certainly wouldn't re-sign him at that price.

I suspect that Raymond can be had for something less than the $3 million you are suggesting. I suspect that Gillis will be able to grind a home-town discount out of the guy because of all the loyalty he has shown Raymond these past two years. And, I think Raymond likes it here.

5.) Hansen on the 4th line is a waste of talent, especially if you're putting Torres ahead of him.

6.) Bieksa is a right side d-man. Why are you bringing in a right side d-man only to play Bieksa on the left? Garrison is a left side d-man, although he can play on the right side (but supposedly he is better on the left).

So, for your pairings the team could perhaps have Garrison, Edler and Hamhuis on the left side, and Bieksa, Tanev and "new guy" on the right.

regards,

G.

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Clarkson would be nice to have, but unlikely that we land him

I still think Booth can be a 30 goal-scorer.... Last year he was transitioning then got hurt, and this year he has been injured almost all year so I think he deserves a chance to prove he can be the 30 goal-scorer that MG brought him here to be.

Higgins is a great 2nd/3rd liner..... great work ethic, good skill, great compete level so we should do all we can to keep him this summer

I really really really dont want Torres back

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6. Bieksa is a left shooting dman. Its better positionally to have a player on the strong side of his shot (open to passes in his defensive end vs taking a pass on is backhand). This is why so many are concerned with our lack of right handed dmen. In the best of all worlds you want 4 lefties and 4 righties (2 are clearly depth).

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Good proposal but Bieksa is a RIGHT shooting d-man. We have 2 right shooting d-men right now in Bieksa and Tanev...Note that Bieksa played with Hamhuis for the past two seasons while Edler played with Salo....I don't remember seeing a Bieksa-Salo pairing because both are right shot d-men.

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