underrated Posted May 8, 2015 Share Posted May 8, 2015 This is how I see the shape of what Benning has to work with. Core guys we will likely/should keep SEDIN'S: Sedin's are locked in as our top line for next year. Chances of them getting traded (for several reasons) are slim to none. They still perform as elite players (#9 and #13 in league points last year) and realistically it's support with secondary scoring that is needed. VRBATA: Vrbata was our most natural goal scorer this year. He was a great fit with the Sedins but got split to help our second line score. Ideally, he is locked in as our top line right winger and we find secondary scoring. BONINO: I'm not opposed to trading him, but if we give him good wingers he will be better than this season. He's cheap at 2.1 million, and he's still young at 26. TANEV, EDLER: These two guys are still entering their prime or in it. Edler had a bounceback year. We also can't turn over our entire defense. I'd keep these two. SBISA, DORSETT: Benning just re-signed Sbisa and Dorsett, so it is extremely unlikely (and disrepectful) for them to get traded. MILLER, LACK: I'm not opposed to trading Miller if we get a decent offer (plus his cap space) but realistically I just don't see it happening. Who would trade for him at this point? Lack on the other hand is our guy until Demko develops. It also doesn't hurt Lack's development to split time for another season. Guys we should move on from Bieksa - He is still a solid addition for a team looking for a cup run. He logged 20 minutes a game last season, and brings a wealth of experience. Burrows - I am a big fan of Burrows, but he is realistically a fantastic third line guy, rather than a natural scorer (unless paired with the Sedins). His passion, grit, two-way play would be a huge addition for many teams. Higgins - Another good veteran who will be a solid addition to a playoff team. We need a change of scenery and some more space for youth. Hansen - Decent third line winger, but we again need space for young guys, and a re-fresh in the locker room. Hamhuis - I could definitely see Hamhuis staying, especially with his NTC, but I could also see a team really wanting his reliable veteran stable presence on the blueline. Core of Lineup Sedin - Sedin - Vrbata EMPTY - Bonino - EMPTY EMPTY - Horvat - Dorsett EMPTY - EMPTY - EMPTY Edler - Tanev EMPTY - EMPTY Sbisa - Weber Miller & Lack Then there are a bunch of young players who could either slot into our roster or be trade bait: Vey, Baerschi, Kassian, Kenins, Weber, Stanton, Corrado, Weber Needs -Two top four young/in-prime defenseman (unless Bieksa and/or Hamhuis is kept) -Two top six young/in-prime wingers -Depth playersPlayers available to trade Hamhuis, Bieksa, Burrows, Higgins, Hansen, Vey, Baertschi, Kassian, Kenins, Weber, Stanton, Corrado Potential players to re-sign: Richardson, Matthias PROPOSALS Hamhuis back to Nashville for Ryan Ellis Why: If Hamhuis is going to waive his NTC, I figure Nashville is one of the places he could go to. The Predators are a top team in the league, and adding this familiar face could be a huge addition on their back end. The Canucks badly need a puck moving defenseman to bring the puck up the ice, similar to Ehrhoff back in the day. Along with a PP specialist, Ellis is the right fit. Kassian and a conditional draft pick to Carolina for Jeff Skinner Why: Understandably, this is a risky trade. Jeff Skinner has underachieved lately, and seems quite overpaid. With that said, he is still only 23 years old (hard to believe since he's been in the league a while) and has pure goal scoring ability. He is the guy who we can buy at a low cost right now, but can still develop into a top line scorer, and at the very least give us good scoring on the second line (which we have lacked greatly). Carolina does this to get rid of his contract, while at the same time taking on a young player who has underachieved, who also has potential, but is at a lower salary. I see the conditional draft pick based on games played and points for Skinner, but essentially being a 2nd to 4th round pick, with a potential of a first if he played all season and played spectacularly. Bieksa to Montreal for a 2nd round pick Why: Montreal is obviously an elite team, so having a veteran right handed defenseman to play with Emelin (allowing Markov and PK to play together) is good for them. Bieksa's salary can be afforded with Gonchar coming off the books. The Canucks get a decent, but not spectacular pick back, as it's likely late int he second round. Alexandre Burrows to St. Louis for Dmitrij Jaskin, 4th round pick Why: St. Louis is a top team who needs to take that next step and struggles in the playoffs to do so. Burrows has playoff experience and so many of the intangibles that help a team win. With Tarasenko and Oshie as the top two right wingers, Burrows fits perfectly on their checking line wing, with the ability to score as well. For the Canucks, they get a big, mean, strong right winger who can score. He is ready for the jump to the NHL and has been developed well. These are the type of guys Benning likes to get (players ready for the next step to the NHL like Vey and Baertschi). Jaskin can be given a chance to be on our second line but can also slot in on our third line. Sign Brayden Coburn for four years at 5 million (or backup of Paul Martin) Trade Hansen to an interested team for a 4th round pick Trade Higgins for a 3rd round pick (or keep him for the third line winger role) Re-sign Richardson (unless McCann is ready to make the jump) 2015 Lineup Sedin - Sedin - Vrbata Skinner - Bonino - Virtanen Baertschi - Horvat - Jaskin Kenins - Richardson/McCann - Dorsett Vey, Shinkaruk, Jensen Edler - Tanev Coburn - Ellis Sbisa - Weber Corrado, Stanton, Clendening Miller & Lack Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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