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[Proposal] VAN-MTL + VAN-TB + VAN-MIN (stockpiling 2014 draft picks)

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Trade #1 (VAN-MTL): Canucks trade LW Daniel Sedin, C Henrik Sedin, and D Alex Edler to Montreal for RFA rights to D P.K. Subban, LW Max Pacioretty, C David Desharnais, and Canadiens' 1st round pick in 2014.

Why?: We all know "Canuck" is another term for Canadian, right? At least the silver lining to this is the Sedins would be staying in Canada, they'd just be playing for one of the league's most prestigious franchises...in case many of the Habs' UFAs over age 35 (Brian Gionta, Francis Boullion, Andrei Markov, and Mike Weaver) don't re-sign with the team. The twins would probably line up with young star Brendan Gallagher, and Gallagher would blossom on a line with the Sedins. Habs gain Alex Edler in place of Subban, and with the 2013-14 season Edler had he could certainly use a change of scenery. What the Canucks get back is a Norris Trophy-winning defenseman In P.K. Subban, who already has a younger brother (Jordan Subban) coming up through the Canucks' system and with new-found cap space, can sign with the team. Canucks also gain a big 6-2, 217-pound in forward in Pacioretty who can make an AMEX line with Ryan Kesler and Chris Higgins, or can line-up with the smaller Desharnais with either Zack Kassian or Nick Jensen skating on the right wing. With Montreal stockpiled with prospects, the Canucks gain another 1st round pick in this year's draft to add to their prospect pool (to go with their 6th overall selection), so Montreal's prospect pool remains untouched.

Trade #2 (VAN-TB): Canucks trade RW Alex Burrows to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Lightning's 5th round pick in this year's draft and their 4th round pick in the 2015 draft.

Why?: Canucks unload a right winger who struggled to find the net this season and could experience a rejuvenation of his scoring touch in Tampa (and just might be a slightly cheaper option than re-signing Ryan Callahan if the Bolts were to take this path because Callahan could command a lot of money), while the Canucks get another pick in this year's draft, a second pick in the 5th round as they have no 2014 4th round pick (which they traded to Carolina for Zac Dalpe), and get a 4th round pick in 2015 in return.

Trade #3 (VAN-MIN): Canucks trade RW Jannik Hansen to the Minnesota Wild for their 6th round pick in this year's draft (originally acquired from Ottawa).

Why?: Like Burrows, Hansen can be rejuvenated with a trade to Minnesota, while the Canucks get another 2014 6th round pick, just four picks after their original 6th round pick.

Buyout: LW David Booth (I know I've said this over & over on proposals I've made here this offseason but he's had his struggles and even though he played better late in the season, he might be more serviceable with another team next season)

RFA signings: D P.K. Subban (7 yrs/$6.75 million), D Chris Tanev (3 yrs/$2.5 million), RW Zack Kassian (3 yrs/$1.875 million), D Yannick Weber (1 yr/$715K)

UFA signings: LW Thomas Vanek (7 yrs/$7.25 million) RW Radim Vrbata (4 yrs/$3.5 million), C Mike Santorelli (3 yrs/$1.55 million)

Bigger, Younger Canucks

Thomas Vanek ($7.250m) / Ryan Kesler ($5.000m) / Max Pacioretty ($4.500m)
Chris Higgins ($2.500m) / David Desharnais ($3.500m) / Radim Vrbata ($3.500m)
Nicklas Jensen ($0.863m) / Mike Santorelli ($1.550m) / Zack Kassian ($1.875m)
Tom Sestito ($0.750m) / Shawn Matthias ($1.750m) / Brad Richardson ($1.150m)
Michael Zalewski ($0.925m) /

P.K. Subban ($6.750m) / Jason Garrison ($4.600m)
Kevin Bieksa ($4.600m) / Dan Hamhuis ($4.500m)
Chris Tanev ($2.500m) / Ryan Stanton ($0.550m)
Frank Corrado ($0.591m) / Yannick Weber ($0.715m)

Jacob Markstrom ($1.200m)
Eddie Lack ($1.150m)

David Booth ($0.000m)
Keith Ballard ($0.000m)

RETAINED SALARIES (1.13% of upper limit)
Roberto Luongo ($0.800m—15.00%)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(estimations for 2014-15)
SALARY CAP: $71,100,000; CAP PAYROLL: $63,069,444; BONUSES: $8,333
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $8,030,556

In the event this lineup is in contention for a playoff spot and they need to make move(s) to add more skill for a potential playoff run, there is enough cap room (just over $8 million) to make one or two moves at the deadline.

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You guys realize this is the "Armchair GM" section right. Nothing better to do than flame away.

When the trade proposal suggests 3 under achieving older (and likely regressing) players who have NTC (with no indication that they will waive) should be traded for a massive package of players who are younger and exceedingly better (including a 1st round pick), what do you expect?

Montreal wouldn't trade Subban alone for that package.

If they felt the need to move Subban, it would be for an already great forward, or more likely a package of young talent comparable to multiple 1st round picks.

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