Ossi Vaananen Posted May 7, 2015 Share Posted May 7, 2015 For those that don't know, there's a new resource out there for hockey geeks, it's called generalfanager.com. In the Canucks section, it shows our non-roster active contracts at the bottom of the page ( http://www.generalfanager.com/teams/28 ). From the list we can see which are expiring this summer, and which qualify for UFA or UFA (VI). Now, as I understand it, UFA (VI) is comprised of players 25 or older who have 3+ professional seasons, but have not played more than 80 NHL games or 28 games in the case of a goaltender. What is notable in this distinction is that players that qualify for UFA (VI) may not have the requirements of a regular UFA, that being age 26 or 8 seasons with a team. In this category we have Archibald, DeFazio, Cannata and Eriksson. All of these guys are relevant to Utica's success, and without them Utica would surely be a team full of professional rookies. In addition to the UFA (VI) expiring contracts, regular UFAs from Utica include - Cal O'Reilly, Bobby Sanguinetti, and Alex Biega. Once again, these guys are crucial to Utica's success and by extension the creation of a winning environment for Canucks prospects. What was lost on many from the O'Connor thread is the fact that the Canucks could lose both Eriksson and Cannata to free agency. The Canucks also have 3 goaltenders on one-way contracts eligible for waivers in Lack, Miller and Markstrom; so their hand will be forced come the fall as to which 2 make the Canucks roster, and which one will be waived or traded. With this current fiasco, O'Connor could move right to 3rd string goaltender if all things go terribly wrong. This could also be the reason he considers the Canucks among his shortlist. I digress. Anyway, this has been the comets roster as of late: Shinkaruk - O'Reilly* - Grenier^ Baertschi^(Canuck bound) - Friesen^ - Conacher^ (rumored to Europe) Archibald* - Zalewski - DeFazio* Gaunce - Bancks" - Hamilton" Jensen, LaBate, Blomstrand Corrado - Sanguinetti Huskins" - Clendenning Erhardt" - Biega* Pedan(IR), Andersson^ (IR), Hutton, Sautner Markstrom^ Eriksson* Cannata* * - denotes UFA or VI ^ - denotes RFA " - Comets contract Contracts coming: F: Cassels D: McEneny, Sautner, Hutton, Subban?, Cederholm As you can see, the Comets roster would be decimated next season without these guys. I think it's safe to say that some guys will re-sign, but the roster as a whole will be less experienced. This brings up questions not only in regards to the comets but as to depth contracts as a whole. NHL teams can max out at 50 active contracts, with those players eligible for junior sliding for each season they play in junior. For next season, the Canucks currently have 17 signed on to the main roster (10 F, 5 D, 2 G). Depth contracts sit at 13 signed for next season (this excludes junior bound players). So with only 30 contracts, the question then arises which of the 14 RFAs will be kept? The RFA list includes: Vey, Kenins, McMillan, Weber, Clendenning, Stanton, Markstrom, Zalewski, Baertschi, Grenier, Andersson, Corrado, Conacher, and Friesen. I feel the likely signings would include Vey, Kenins, Baertschi, Corrado, Zalewski and hopefully Weber. This puts the Canucks at 36 contracts, without UFAs. As per individual player signings, there appears to be room to sign on guys like Subban and O'Connor, guys which were previously argued to not have an opportunity within this organization. --- This has been for the most part thinking out loud, but I hope I brought attention to the fact that sitting guys in the AHL can still make them UFAs, and earlier. Depth could be an issue next year if some of these guys aren't kept, and if a winning environment is something Benning stresses, then experienced players in the AHL are needed. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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