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2013-14 Offseason Retooling (bigger up front) [proposal]

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This is the first time I've tried my hand at being an armchair GM here, so here goes:

The Canucks' cupboard, to say the least, is pretty bare. So it would make sense to trade Luongo, Ballard, Booth, and (possibly) Edler to fill that cupboard up with younger players, ideally with draft picks. And that would also open up $18.6 million of cap space.

Trade #1 (VAN-NYI): Canucks trade G Roberto Luongo to the New York Islanders for LW Matt Martin and their 2nd round pick in 2014

WHY?: Because the Islanders don't have any goalies signed for next season, as Evgeni Nabokov is a UFA and Tim Thomas is pretty much in retirement mode now. The only young goalies they have are Kevin Poulin (an RFA) and Anders Nilsson (currently in Bridgeport), so one of them learning from Luongo (who orginally was Islanders property until Masshole Milbury ran him out of town) would be beneficial to them down the road when Luongo retires. The Islanders' cupboard is full and with their team just coming off an impressive playoff performance against the powerful Penguins, they're a team that's rising and they have a lot of young studs that might very well become expendable, and could be assets to some teams. Martin might be one of them. And he just might make a very reasonably good 3rd/4th line winger, and is a physical young player that can drop the mitts.

Trade #2 (VAN-NJ): Canucks trade LW David Booth and their 2nd round pick in 2014 to the New Jersey Devils for their 2013 2nd round pick

WHY?: Canucks get rid of an unnecessary contract in Booth, and the Devils need a veteran left winger since Kovalchuk is the only one under contract for next season. It also reuintes Booth with head coach Peter DeBoer, who was his coach in Florida. Devils get an additional draft pick in 2014 because they've already forfeited their 1st round pick because of--you guessed it--Kovalchuk's signing which circumvented the salary cap.

Trade #3 (VAN-PHI): Canucks trade D Alex Edler and their 1st round pick in 2013 to the Philadelphia Flyers for C Sean Courturier, RW Jakob Voracek, and Philadelphia's 1st round pick in 2013.

WHY?: Flyers get the offensive defenseman they need in Edler, since I don't think Chris Pronger will be coming back because of his injury history, and if I were the Flyers I'd buy out Pronger to open up some cap space to make this transaction possible. Yes, it would hurt for the Flyers to lose Voracek to the Canucks but it gives Vancouver the physical but skilled top six forward they need, and would line up well with either the Sedins or a line with Higgins and Kesler. Courturier would thrive in Vancouver, and if Kesler can't stay healthy, he'd get some significant second-line minutes, likely being flanked by Chris Higgins and Voracek (or Alex Burrows). And both teams swap 1st round draft picks, as the Canucks would pick at their highest point since drafting *cough* Cody Hodgson *cough* in 2008.

Trade #4 (VAN-TOR): Canucks trade D Keith Ballard and their 5th rounder in 2013 to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a their 5th round draft pick in 2013 and a conditional draft pick in 2014 (would become a 4th round pick in 2014 if the Leafs miss the playoffs, a 5th if the Leafs make it in, a 6th if they make the second round, and a 7th if they make the conference finals).

WHY?: Leafs add a veteran defenseman, since they only have three under contract for next season. They would still have some significant cap room make some significant transactions to maintain their momentum heading into next season (keeping key RFAs like Kadri, Franson, and Komarov would be significant to keep that momentum up).

UFA signings: LW Raffi Torres (still can't believe the Canucks let him walk after the 2011 Cup run, just the physical 3rd to 4th line presence they need, and have missed greatly), C Kyle Chipchura (won just under 49% of his faceoffs this season and is gritty, can play on the 3rd or 4th line), D Mark Fistric (was a +6 for an Oilers team that faded down the stretch), D Andrew Alberts (for depth in back)

RFA signings: D Chris Tanev (he's getting better every year and I expect him to get better next season), C Jordan Schroeder (he would be the 3rd/4th center if Kesler weren't to stay healthy and is the Canucks' best forward prospect so far that should make the team out of training camp; imagine how good he'd be if he was on a line with Clowe and Voracek?)


My Custom Lineup


Daniel Sedin ($6.100m) / Henrik Sedin ($6.100m) / Jakub Voracek ($4.250m)

Chris Higgins ($2.500m) / Ryan Kesler ($5.000m) / Alexandre Burrows ($4.500m)

Raffi Torres ($1.750m) / Sean Couturier ($1.375m) / Jannik Hansen ($1.350m)

Matt Martin ($1.000m) / Kyle Chipchura ($1.350m) / Zack Kassian ($0.870m)

Jordan Schroeder ($1.200m) /


Dan Hamhuis ($4.500m) / Kevin Bieksa ($4.600m)

Jason Garrison ($4.600m) / Chris Tanev ($1.750m)

Mark Fistric ($2.000m) / Frank Corrado ($0.599m)

Andrew Alberts ($1.400m) /


Cory Schneider ($4.000m)

Joe Cannata ($0.900m)


CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)

(these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion)

SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $61,694,444; BONUSES: $450,000

CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $3,055,556


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Not bad, but I think it unlikely that you get both Couturier and Voracek for Edler. I think Lack gets the backup job before Canata.

Like the 3rd and 4th lines, but a little nervous about where Torres is heading with the NHL.

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Just pick two of the three in the Philly trade. They won't give up all three but maybe two of them. I would think it's safest to assume that taking out Voracek would get the Flyers interest. I still think that an upgrade on the first and taking in a game changing young center is worth the loss of Edler.

Otherwise (and most of the replies have ignored this) the proposal holds up really well. I will say that there are probably better fourth line centers that we could go after but that's a pretty minor detail. Solid work on this one :)

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OK, then. If you guys don't think Voracek should be included in that Edler trade then I could probably just remove him and just make it Edler + 1st 2013 for Corturier + 1st.

And since I spontaneously brought up Ryane Clowe out of the blue (typo on my part) when I was talking about Schroeder and what keeping him would mean to the club, I'd sign Clowe at about $4 million (since Voracek goes at around that same cap hit).





Defensive pairings and goalie tandem (Schneider and Cannata) remain the same.

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