A NEW BEGINNING Posted June 3, 2015 Share Posted June 3, 2015 I think it is way too easy for people to define Tanking as deliberately going to the bottom of the league for the purpose of collecting high draft picks. Re: Canucks trading Veterans. My reason for saying this is as soon as you suggest selling off high valued assets, people start suggesting that is tanking. I would argue that it may not be, and by moving veterans that are at or near the end of their careers it is only good management. Take in case, our players over 29 years of age, how many years of play do they have left and would they contribute to a winning environment? This of course that would depend on their supporting players. So basically, as our older players age, our young players must improve at the "NHL" level. Looking at our Canucks, we do not seem to have too many of these players who can step up into genuine high level players. Edler, Tanev and Horvat can honestly be the only 3 that are at the level, that would be considered that. The rest, Baertschi, Kassian, Sbisa, Corrado, Kenins, Clendening, Vey, even Lack etc. are all unproven, and/or are inconsistent. My view, is that the Veterans must be moved for assets before they become too old. Ultimately, trading these assets at the trade deadline would yield a much better return, and 2016 being a even stronger draft, may give you a better bang for your buck, but the noise of a mass sell off would be deafening. I would like to see Benning target a high draft pick this year, to add another multiple 1st round draft year to our prospects list. To me Trading a high value Vet or 2 would be a good asset management. My dream would be to see Benning complete this by moving the remaining tradable vets out in 2016 at the deadline or at the 2016 draft. Example:Moving Hamhuis, and Lack at the draft would be enough this year, unless moving a lesser vet could be added as well. By moving these, who could be replaced by UFA's or promotion from within, or both, we could still say somewhat competitive, yet still adding multiple high end picks. So in conclusion, I can not see how this is tanking, as it is not deliberately heading for the bottom, aka Buffalo and Edmonton....this is asset management... not tanking.....as I would think we would remain in somewhat our current trajectory or rather decline Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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