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[Proposal] EDM and VAN swap overpaid players

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Brandon Sutter for Kris Russell 1 for 1. No salary retention, no picks, no conditions. 
 

Edmonton need a 3rd line C, preferably some one with experience and some leadership skills who can play hard minutes (they had Markus Grandlund in this role for much of last season, for reference). Sutter obviously fits this bill quite nicely, but his cap hit is definitely a deal breaker... or is it?

 

Kris Russell (1 year left at $4 mill per) bring a lot of similar “intangibles” to table that Sutter does. High character, gritty, Team guy, blah blah blah. Most importantly, he plays LD and RD. 
 

if Canucks have to let Tanev walk, they can replace him in the line up with Russell. Tanev and Sutter = $8.825 million out. Russell = $4 million in. Total cap savings is $4.825 million and the Canucks can still easily ice a full line up with plenty of spares. 
 

“But wait!” You say, “Tanev is way better than Russell, doesn’t this make us worse?”

 

thus is a good point. Russell does a lot of things that Tanev does (block shots, shutdown D, tough minutes, low scoring, etc.) but his skating and breakout passing are definitely a step below Tanev at this point in their careers. However, this is the sacrifice required to shed cap without giving up any futures like picks, prospects, or good young players. Hopefully rafferty/Myers/joulevi etc. Can pick up the lid left behind by Tanev

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Not bad, in theory. With Bear doing so well, and Bouchard knocking on the door, Edmonton will probably want to move Russell. And 3C is their most glaring hole. For us, if Tanev doesn't accept a short-term deal, Russell could be a decent band-aid solution for one year.

 

Sutter has a 15-team no-trade list though. Perhaps Edmonton won't be on it though, since his family has roots in the area.

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2 hours ago, The_Rocket said:

Brandon Sutter for Kris Russell 1 for 1. No salary retention, no picks, no conditions. 
 

Edmonton need a 3rd line C, preferably some one with experience and some leadership skills who can play hard minutes (they had Markus Grandlund in this role for much of last season, for reference). Sutter obviously fits this bill quite nicely, but his cap hit is definitely a deal breaker... or is it?

 

Kris Russell (1 year left at $4 mill per) bring a lot of similar “intangibles” to table that Sutter does. High character, gritty, Team guy, blah blah blah. Most importantly, he plays LD and RD. 
 

if Canucks have to let Tanev walk, they can replace him in the line up with Russell. Tanev and Sutter = $8.825 million out. Russell = $4 million in. Total cap savings is $4.825 million and the Canucks can still easily ice a full line up with plenty of spares. 
 

“But wait!” You say, “Tanev is way better than Russell, doesn’t this make us worse?”

 

thus is a good point. Russell does a lot of things that Tanev does (block shots, shutdown D, tough minutes, low scoring, etc.) but his skating and breakout passing are definitely a step below Tanev at this point in their careers. However, this is the sacrifice required to shed cap without giving up any futures like picks, prospects, or good young players. Hopefully rafferty/Myers/joulevi etc. Can pick up the lid left behind by Tanev

So we're subtracting by subtracting (selling a potential buy-low, shutdown C to a divisional rival so they have McD, then Leon or Nuge, then Sutter up the middle, AND we're letting Tanev walk, to bring in an old-NHL style D-man who plays defensively primarily through shot suppression, and who's viewed as a bottom pair anchor)? 

If Tanev's asking for say $4.5 I'd rather bite the bullet for an extra $500k to keep a guy who makes his tandem with Hughes so dynamic, and flip Russell for something else.  Sutter actually fills a need for them, and while Russell could be a stopgap, the marginal increase in price between him and Tanev could yield some major differences in result.  We also have Jordie Benn who can play a similar role at this stage in their career (capable of playing on both sides) for half the cost.

In fact, based on last season's stats,
Russell: 55 GP, 9 points (0.16 points/ game), even, 16 minutes played, $4 million cap

Benn: 44 GP, 7 points (0.16 points/ game), -7 rating, 16 minutes played, $2 million cap

All that said, I'm not saying it's a bad idea, but hope we don't have to entertain this for the reasons listed above.

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Ignoring the portion about Tanev, this is probably one of the better proposals I've seen. I'd rather move some of our offensive depth for defensive help. A top 6 of:

Hughes Tanev

Edler Myers

Russell Stecher

Benn

 

Looks really solid to me. 

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It's a good idea but if they let Tanev move on, they definitely had better have a top 4 RHD in place to replace Tanev and that ain't Russell.

 

Why not re-sign Fantenberg at $1M to slot in as a 3rd pair D rather than $4M with Russell.  Honestly, $4.35 is a lot for Sutter but he is a useful player.  Edmonton jumps at this opportunity imo and it burns to help a rival especially Edmonton.  And Russell for Tanev makes our D weaker (Stech and Myers would be playing higher than they should).

 

I still think they sign Markstrom, Tanev and Toffoli in that order ahead of anybody else down the line up and fit the others in if they can.

 

Benn and Stecher may very well be moving along this offseason.  I like Stech; he's bottom pair who can play up the line up.  This puts him ahead of Hutton imo even though cap wise, he is in a very similar position as Hutton was last year.

 

How about a D-corps that looks like this?                  As opposed to:  (I assume this is what the OP's D corps looks like)

 

Hughes (0.9) Tanev (5.0)                                           Hughes (0.9) Myers (6.0)

Edler (6.0) Myers (6.0)                                               Edler (6.0) Stecher (3.0)

Fantenberg (1.0) Tryamkin (2.0)                                Benn (2.0) Russell (4.0)

 

total 20.9                                                                    total 21.9

 

:)                                                                              :mellow:

 

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9 hours ago, Phil_314 said:

So we're subtracting by subtracting (selling a potential buy-low, shutdown C to a divisional rival so they have McD, then Leon or Nuge, then Sutter up the middle, AND we're letting Tanev walk, to bring in an old-NHL style D-man who plays defensively primarily through shot suppression, and who's viewed as a bottom pair anchor)? 

If Tanev's asking for say $4.5 I'd rather bite the bullet for an extra $500k to keep a guy who makes his tandem with Hughes so dynamic, and flip Russell for something else.  Sutter actually fills a need for them, and while Russell could be a stopgap, the marginal increase in price between him and Tanev could yield some major differences in result.  We also have Jordie Benn who can play a similar role at this stage in their career (capable of playing on both sides) for half the cost.

In fact, based on last season's stats,
Russell: 55 GP, 9 points (0.16 points/ game), even, 16 minutes played, $4 million cap

Benn: 44 GP, 7 points (0.16 points/ game), -7 rating, 16 minutes played, $2 million cap

All that said, I'm not saying it's a bad idea, but hope we don't have to entertain this for the reasons listed above.

 

7 hours ago, AK_19 said:

Ignoring the portion about Tanev, this is probably one of the better proposals I've seen. I'd rather move some of our offensive depth for defensive help. A top 6 of:

Hughes Tanev

Edler Myers

Russell Stecher

Benn

 

Looks really solid to me. 

 

3 hours ago, Crabcakes said:

It's a good idea but if they let Tanev move on, they definitely had better have a top 4 RHD in place to replace Tanev and that ain't Russell.

 

Why not re-sign Fantenberg at $1M to slot in as a 3rd pair D rather than $4M with Russell.  Honestly, $4.35 is a lot for Sutter but he is a useful player.  Edmonton jumps at this opportunity imo and it burns to help a rival especially Edmonton.  And Russell for Tanev makes our D weaker (Stech and Myers would be playing higher than they should).

 

I still think they sign Markstrom, Tanev and Toffoli in that order ahead of anybody else down the line up and fit the others in if they can.

 

Benn and Stecher may very well be moving along this offseason.  I like Stech; he's bottom pair who can play up the line up.  This puts him ahead of Hutton imo even though cap wise, he is in a very similar position as Hutton was last year.

 

How about a D-corps that looks like this?                  As opposed to:  (I assume this is what the OP's D corps looks like)

 

Hughes (0.9) Tanev (5.0)                                           Hughes (0.9) Myers (6.0)

Edler (6.0) Myers (6.0)                                               Edler (6.0) Stecher (3.0)

Fantenberg (1.0) Tryamkin (2.0)                                Benn (2.0) Russell (4.0)

 

total 20.9                                                                    total 21.9

 

:)                                                                              :mellow:

 

I will attempt to explain the Tanev aspect a little bit more for this trade. 
 

if the Canucks sign Markstrom, Toffoli, virtanen, and Gaudette, they will be way over the cap and can’t afford to sign Tanev nor Stetcher. Essentially they would have to trade some of their excess forwards to make up cap space to sign a defender. The only way to trade players like Sutter or Roussel or Baertschi or Eriksson is either to take salary back or include a sweetener. 
 

by trading Sutter for Russell, the Canucks can ice a full line up with baertschi and Eriksson buried in the minors, the Canucks would be less than a million over the cap. This means they only have to make one other cap dump to stay under the cap. 
 

 

 

 

tl;dr the Canucks simply can’t afford to keep Tanev. This trade finds a way to replace him and stay cap compliant
 

 

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9 hours ago, Phil_314 said:

So we're subtracting by subtracting (selling a potential buy-low, shutdown C to a divisional rival so they have McD, then Leon or Nuge, then Sutter up the middle, AND we're letting Tanev walk, to bring in an old-NHL style D-man who plays defensively primarily through shot suppression, and who's viewed as a bottom pair anchor)? 

If Tanev's asking for say $4.5 I'd rather bite the bullet for an extra $500k to keep a guy who makes his tandem with Hughes so dynamic, and flip Russell for something else.  Sutter actually fills a need for them, and while Russell could be a stopgap, the marginal increase in price between him and Tanev could yield some major differences in result.  We also have Jordie Benn who can play a similar role at this stage in their career (capable of playing on both sides) for half the cost.

In fact, based on last season's stats,
Russell: 55 GP, 9 points (0.16 points/ game), even, 16 minutes played, $4 million cap

Benn: 44 GP, 7 points (0.16 points/ game), -7 rating, 16 minutes played, $2 million cap

All that said, I'm not saying it's a bad idea, but hope we don't have to entertain this for the reasons listed above.

Both Sutter and Russell are negative value at their salaries. But at least Russell stays generally healthy.

 

Problem with Tanev is he'll likely want more than one year on an extension. That becomes a problem, with EP and QH extensions needed. Russell's one year deal fits better, and plugs the hole.

 

It's not perfect/ideal, but it's realistic, and addresses the needs of both teams.

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12 hours ago, D-Money said:

Both Sutter and Russell are negative value at their salaries. But at least Russell stays generally healthy.

 

Problem with Tanev is he'll likely want more than one year on an extension. That becomes a problem, with EP and QH extensions needed. Russell's one year deal fits better, and plugs the hole.

 

It's not perfect/ideal, but it's realistic, and addresses the needs of both teams.

I agree with what you say about how Russell potentially fills the need for a replacement for Tanev, but part of me is still wary of helping a divisional rival so directly by plugging a defensive hole (3rd C) when Russell isn't the only alternative.  He is an alternative, but still likely a downgrade on RD.  I wouldn't fret too much if we did end up going with the Russell route but I'd rather not swap a potential missing link for a spare part from their team who could be beaten out for the role by cheaper alternatives.

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4 hours ago, Phil_314 said:

I agree with what you say about how Russell potentially fills the need for a replacement for Tanev, but part of me is still wary of helping a divisional rival so directly by plugging a defensive hole (3rd C) when Russell isn't the only alternative.  He is an alternative, but still likely a downgrade on RD.  I wouldn't fret too much if we did end up going with the Russell route but I'd rather not swap a potential missing link for a spare part from their team who could be beaten out for the role by cheaper alternatives.

The problem is, when you’re trying to trade away guys like Sutter, you have to find a trade partner that has some kind of a need for the player and you have to be willing to do that team a favour. Otherwise, the Canucks will end up attaching decent picks or prospects to Sutter to cap dump him to some team. Not worth losing a 2nd or Lind or something if you could instead just swap him for a D-man

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