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  1. 15 hours ago, BigTramFan said:

    Not as silly as it sounds...if we move on from Markstrom and trade Boeser...it could happen!


    This offseason we:

    Trade Boeser for Pesce (CAR, RD, $4.025 AAV)

    Sign Hall to $9m x 8 years

    Resign Toffoli (5.0), Gaudette (1.5), Motte (1.25), MacEwen (1.25)

    Sign a vet backup goalie to $2m x 1 year

    Let Markstrom, Tanev and Leivo go to UFA

    Trade Roussel, Virtanen and Stecher for whatever we can get

    Eriksson is waived to Utica

    Sutter, Baer and Benn play out the last year of their contracts in VAN


    All of the above moves will keep our cap hit (including all recapture, etc) to under $79m for next season.


    I don't know who gets selected by Seattle but forgetting that for the moment...


    The next offseason:

    Sign Pettersson to $9m x 8 years

    Sign Hughes to bridge $7m x 3 years

    Sign Demko to $3.5m for 3 years

    Sign Tryamkin to $2m for 1 year

    Resign Juolevi (1.5), Rafferty (1.0), Lind (1.0), Jasek (1.0)

    Sign Podkolzin to ELC

    Buy out Eriksson contract


    Roster in 2021-22 season:


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    like it!


  2. Should Canucks keep Jacob Markstrom or go with Thatcher Demko next season?

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    Canucks gained valuable experience with over half the room seeing first playoffs

    Iain MacIntyre and Dan Murphy discuss the Vancouver Canucks' success in the post-season despite over half the roster having never experienced the playoffs before, noting that this was a tremendous learning experience.

    Headshots-Tues5-115x115.pngJosh Beneteau@jbenny15September 5, 2020, 3:47 PM
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    The Vancouver Canucks are packing their bags and heading home from the Edmonton bubble after an unbelievable playoff run ended in disappointing fashion Friday night.

    Still, the club should feel nothing but pride in what they accomplished, winning two series — including one against the defending Stanley Cup champions — and pushing one of the NHL’s best teams to a 0-0 tie mid-way through the third period of Game 7.


    Of course, the biggest reason their series with the Vegas Golden Knights even got to that point was goaltending, but it wasn’t Jacob Markstrom holding the fort. Instead, rookie sensation Thatcher Demko almost single handedly led the Canucks to the upset with three huge performances in Games 5, 6 and 7.

    Now, general manager Jim Benning has the very difficult task of deciding whether Demko has shown enough to be a primary starter or if Markstrom — a pending free agent — should be offered a contract to return.

    Whichever way Benning chooses to go will shape the Canucks for years to come.

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    The case for re-signing Markstrom…

    Markstrom chose a great time to peak.

    With the most important contract negotiation of his career looming, the 30-year-old put together a great season, with a 23-16-4 record, .918 save percentage and .925 save rate at 5-on-5. That continued in the playoffs where he upped his numbers slightly to a .919 save percentage overall and .941 rate at 5-on-5 in 14 starts, eight of which required him to make more than 30 saves. When the Vezina Trophy voting results are revealed during the Stanley Cup Final, his name will appear on more than one ballot.

    Markstrom joined the Canucks from the Florida Panthers as part of the return in the 2014 Roberto Luongo trade and is the third-longest serving player on the current roster. If these playoffs are any indication, Vancouver is entering a win-now window and his unquantifiable veteran presence would be a valuable asset. Markstrom is a known commodity to the Canucks and replacing him with another goalie with a comparable resume from outside the organization would be risky and could be costly, whether in salary or trade assets.

    Most teams that have gone on deep playoff runs in recent years have done so with a strong goaltending tandem splitting time during the regular season, allowing the starter to be fresh come playoff time. With Markstrom and Demko sharing the net, the Canucks have that coveted split. The duo started 70 of the Canucks’ 72 games this season, with Markstrom getting into 43 of them. After 57 and 60 starts in each of the last two seasons, when his backup was primarily Anders Nilsson, Markstrom was able to rest a bit more this season. The pandemic pause makes it difficult to evaluate how much that factored into the Canucks’ deep playoff run, but it certainly didn’t hurt it.

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    The case for naming Demko the No. 1 starter…

    Money makes the world go ’round and the cap-ceiling Canucks don’t have much of it to spend. The team was already going to be forced to make some difficult decisions this off-season before a global pandemic turned off the economic tap, and now with the salary cap staying flat for at least two years, there’s even less room to work with. Beyond Markstrom, some important skaters have expiring contracts that need to be extended or replaced, including Tyler Toffoli, Chris Tanev, Troy Stecher and Jake Virtanen.


    One way Benning could save some money is in goal.

    On the open market, Markstrom could command $6-million a year or more, a significant raise from the $3.66 million he made this season. By pairing Demko, who has a $1.05-million cap hit for one more season before becoming a restricted free agent, with a cheaper back-up like Brian Elliott or Cam Talbot, Benning could open up some salary cap room to bolster his blue line or to add more forward depth. The Canucks allowed an average of 33.3 shots against this season, fourth-most in the NHL, so investing in skaters who can lower that total could offset Demko’s inexperience.

    Some other factors are at play in Demko’s favour. One of them is the Seattle Kraken expansion draft, set to happen after the 2020-21 season ends, whenever that may be. The Canucks can only protect one goalie from their new northwest rivals so signing Markstrom long-term could expose Demko to be taken freely by the Kraken. While that would only add more fuel to the rivalry from a fan’s perspective, the Canucks would be setting themselves back by losing their goalie of the future that way.

    Markstrom’s injury history should also factor into the decision. He’s had knee issues in the past and in late February he had a minor-knee procedure that would have potentially forced him to miss the remainder of the season had the pandemic not paused play. Plus, while it’s still not fully clear what ailment caused Markstrom to miss the final three games of the Golden Knights series, it was concerning enough that he didn’t dress as the backup in any of the games.

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    Demko’s historic week in the Edmonton bubble, where he stopped 123 of 125 shots faced in three games, is one variable to this equation, too, but a decision like this isn’t made based on small sample size. However, the young goalie’s track record of success extends far beyond three playoff games.

    Originally a second-round pick by the Canucks in 2014, Demko starred in three years at Boston College, winning the Mike Richter Award as NCAA goalie of the year in 2016 and finishing as a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award that same season. He then posted a 55-36-5 record in parts of three AHL seasons before being promoted to the NHL full time this year. Demko held his own in 25 starts this season, winning 13 times, but his .905 save percentage and 3.06 goals-against average both ranked outside the top-30 among goalies with at least 20 appearances.

    Demko is far from a sure thing and the Canucks would probably prefer to have him develop a little longer as a backup. But with Markstrom’s contract up, Benning has to choose a goalie to bet the future of his team on now. It won’t be an easy decision.

  3. Salary Cap History

    Since its reintroduction in the 2005-06 season, the NHL salary cap has risen every year:

    2005-2006 $39.0 million
    2006-2007 $44.0 million
    2007-2008 $50.3 million
    2008-2009 $56.7 million
    2009-2010 $56.8 million
    2010-2011 $59.4 million
    2011-2012 $64.3 million
    2012-2013 $60.0 million *
    2013-2014 $64.3 million
    2014-2015 $69.0 million
    2015-2016 $71.4 million
    2016-2017 $73.0 million
    2017-2018 $75.0 million
    2018-2019 $79.5 million
    2019-2020 $81.5 million
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  4. On 2/13/2020 at 12:51 PM, FinchBird said:

    with playoffs coming why trade to a team you will have go through to get to cup final, Sakic did us no favour on draft floor last year. NO WAY

    It is the best time to get rid of sutter's contract! He has no value if we try to trade him after season. Who wants a 20 Points+ 3rd C that miss half of the season with 4.3 mil Cap? 

  5. On 1/17/2020 at 12:39 PM, Pears said:

    He’s 32 and still one of the best players in the league...I think you need to take a step back and realize Chicago isn’t gonna take scraps for an all time talent. 

    As I said, Chi should sell high on Kane.... dump salary, get draft picks and prospects. With the current aging core, they will stuck just like Kings or Ducks in the next 2 years.

  6. 3 minutes ago, qwijibo said:

    Among the many things wrong here, Chicago cant retain salary on only 1 year of Kane’s contract (like they’d be willing to to begin with). It’s retain fir the entire term of the contract or not at all 

    if GMs wants to make deal done. I am sure they can find out a way.

  7. To: Chi

    LE + Juolevi + 2020 2nd + 2021 first + Goldobin (or some other grade B prospects)

    To: Van

    Patrick Kane (retain this year's half salary)

    Why Van do this:

    Kane is a playoff monster. And producing like 100 points a season with 3 more seasons left in his contract. 

    He will instantly strength our top line and make us contender in the next 3 years.

    Why Chi do this:

    Chi is rebuilding. They will go nowhere with current aging roster. sell high, dump salary, collect prospects and draft picks is the way to go.


    The roster of next 3 years: (It is almost the best top 9 of the league).

    Kane Petterson Miller

    Boeser Horvat Pearson

    Virtanen Gaudette Roussel(Leivo)

    MacEwen Beagle Filler




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  8. On 12/19/2019 at 8:52 AM, NUCKER67 said:

    Not sure who said it, but I believe it was during the MTL game, maybe it was Shorthouse? Anyway, the guy said something along the lines of - with the expansion draft around the corner, if the Canucks lose Demko to Seattle, oh well.


    Do the Canucks plan to keep both goalies and then if they lose one, the one remaining would be the starter moving forward? Seems like bad asset management to me. Demko is going to be a very good goalie, and he would get a good return in a trade I'm sure. Do they want Demko in Seattle? That would just make their future competition tougher.

    It seems very likely we will lose Demko to Seattle if we sign Marky long term...

  9. After 15 games, I have mentally elimated the following western teams from playoff:metal:::D::D



    1  Edmonton

    4  Anaheim

    9  Arizona

    11  Dallas                                                            
    12  Chicago                                                            
    13  Los Angeles                                                            
    14  Minnesota

    They are the west conference rank as of Nov 4th, 2019

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