underrated Posted November 25, 2017 Share Posted November 25, 2017 Dallas showed in the off-season that they're serious about being a contender. Adding Radulov, Methot and Bishop as three quality veterans showed their in win-now mode. The problem is that they aren't winning. Two seasons ago they finished top in the West with 109 points. Benn and Seguin are entering their prime. There's no selling or rebuild here. They need to turn things around fast. One major problem they have is Jason Spezza. He is averaging 13:18 of ice time and has only 9 points in 22 games. He has two years remaining on his contract at 7.5 million per year. The Canucks aren't going to win the cup in the next couple years...let's face it and focus on the future. I know we are off to a good start, but let's not sacrifice the long term due to shortsightedness. I suggest we make a big trade with Dallas to help them now, while really maximize long term value for ourselves by also taking on a bad contract. Trade Proposal To Dallas: Alex Edler Brandon Sutter Thomas Vanek 2018 3rd round pick (11.375 Million Cap Hit) To Vancouver: Jason Spezza (huge cap dump 7.5 million through next year while playing 13 minutes per night and not producing) Julius Honka (top defensive prospect) Jason Robertson (6'2 winger, 2nd round pick in 2017) 2018 first round pick (top ten protected, and top five protected in 2019) Antoine Roussel (also underachieving this year, a pending UFA, needed to be included for salary purposes) (10.709 Cap Hit plus Robertson in Minors) Why for Dallas? They double down their win-now mentality with this trade, by dealing their albatross contract for the underachieving Spezza along with three high value draft pieces in exchange for a #1 pairing defender, a good two way centerman to replace Spezza in the lineup, a scoring winger potentially to even play on their top line this year, and a draft pick. Both Sutter and Edler are signed on beyond this year so they aren't rentals. Sutter is only 27 and signed for several years. Edler makes their defense significantly better. Sutter is an upgrade on Spezza (shockingly), and Vanek gives a sniper to give high end scoring talent to go with their star players and bump Janmark and Shore farther down the lineup where they belong. Dallas also has good high end talent but not very good depth. Adding three veteran players for one and a rookie is a good move to fill out their roster. Why for Vancouver? This trade is a huge boost to the rebuild. The Canucks lose a long-time top defender and a good centerman in his prime, as well as take on a very bad contract however it's all worth it to add three very good long term assets. Honka projects to be a top pairing defender and would fit perfectly with Juolevi as a Finnish elite young pair. Robertson is already proving to be worth even higher than the second round placement he was drafted with (80th overall prospect in league according to here), and a first round pick. Dallas is protected in case their season still doesn't turn it around, as they don't give up a top ten pick this year. These three additional high quality prospects will be worth it to lose two quality players now while taking on a bad contract. Roussel can be sold at the deadline for a draft pick. Was a good player last year, only playing 11 minutes this year. Thoughts on the value? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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