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What roster and cap problems?

<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/11/oct2309_demitra_rr.jpg" class="imageFloatLeftFramed">It is interesting that at the beginning of the NHL campaign, the Vancouver Canucks were over the salary cap and over the roster limit and we are halfway through the season and the Canucks have yet to have to really address any of the problems.

Coming out of training camp, Tanner Glass and Sergei Shirokov made it, Pavol Demitra was suppose to be back by mid- or late-October, Brad Lukowich had a good camp, Mathieu Schneider was out until late October, and Jannik Hansen broke his finger in a fight with the Edmonton Oilers' Gilbert Brule.

The Canucks started off by sending Cody Hodgson back to the Ontario Hockey League's Brampton Battalion, sending Brad Lukowich to the Texas Stars, placed both Mathieu Schneider and Pavol Demitra on long-term injured reserved to free up the required cap space to get the Canucks under the $56.8 million salary cap. By the latest, the Canucks would be forced to make some moves in late October.

But what do you know, Daniel Sedin breaks his foot four games into the season and is out until early November, effectively freeing up the necessary cap space for Mathieu Schneider to make his Canucks debut.

We learn that Pavol Demitra had suffered a setback in his rehab from offseason shoulder surgery and had to undergo a second procedure, pushing his return date to December.

Michael Grabner who was called up to replace the injured Daniel Sedin, injures his ankle warming up playing soccer freeing up the roster space for Jannik Hansen to make his season debut.

In December, we learn that Demitra's return has been pushed back to January. But great news, January is almost here and we would have a 100% healthy Canucks lineup and some decisions would have to be made.

Who goes on waivers to make room for Demitra? Is it Glass? Hordichuk? Hansen? Rome?

Fear not.

We learned today that Kevin Bieksa will be out for up to three months which will peg him for a post-season return. This frees up the extra roster space needed for Demitra's return.

In the post-season, there is no roster limit and salary cap which would give the Canucks a $60 million team.

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it would be great to be privy to the actual amounts of salaries coming back and going out.....demitra's would be the easiest to figure out as he has missed half a season at 4 mil.....so his cap hit would now be 2 mil....if that's the way they figure these things out.....johnson and bieksa's would be harder to understand. the canucks might have to demote or trade someone......i wish someone would do an interview with gilman and ask him. good blog

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it would be great to be privy to the actual amounts of salaries coming back and going out.....demitra's would be the easiest to figure out as he has missed half a season at 4 mil.....so his cap hit would now be 2 mil....if that's the way they figure these things out.....johnson and bieksa's would be harder to understand. the canucks might have to demote or trade someone......i wish someone would do an interview with gilman and ask him. good blog

The team has already said they have about $2M in cap space. I believe it was Gilman who said it, not sure if he meant they had $2M or had enough to cover a $2M player for the rest of the year. Since Demitra's salary for the last half season would be $2M, I would imagine we have enough cap space from Injury Relief not to worry about the cap.

We were only over the cap by about 500k I think when the season started, so it's not like a big move ever needed to be made.

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