underrated Posted December 15, 2017 Share Posted December 15, 2017 The Canucks should be aiming to build their core with players 27 and under. The older group (25-27) will be the leaders as the young ones come up. Guys like Tanev as the anchor on D. Most of the older assets (except for the Sedins, that might re-sign and play one more year or retire), should be traded for assets, to free up cap space as well as roster spots for younger players. Our aim should be to start being competitive with a deep good young lineup in 2019/2020. This is my proposal to get there. A couple key signings, one big trade, and a few smaller trades to sell players for future assets. There are two very good, fairly young (25-26 year old) unrestricted free agents this offseason that I think the Canucks should strongly pursue this summer, even if we have to overpay. Those two are Mark Stone from Ottawa and Jonathan Marchessault from Vegas. Each are nearly a point per game. While they are slightly older than the core we are building from, they can be the core group of talented forwards helping the young guys develop in a winning atmosphere, and being the veterans as we rise back to being a top team. We sadly say goodbye to the Sedins. We could keep them, but I'd rather make a push for younger players entering their prime like Stone and Marchessault. Deadline Trades: TRADE #1 - Vancouver & Dallas (Similar to one I proposed a few weeks ago) To Dallas: Alex Edler Brandon Sutter Thomas Vanek Anders Nilsson (Cap 13.8) To Vancouver: Jason Spezza (cap dump, only playing 13 minutes per night. Has one year remaining after this season) Kari Lehtonen (for cap purposes, expiring contract) Julius Honka (key piece of the deal, a top defensive right hand shot prospect that is pretty much NHL ready) 2018 First round pick 2019 Fourth round pick (Cap 14.6) Why: Dallas went big in the offseason with Bishop, Radulov, Methot and Hanzel, but it still hasn't put them back into the elite category they hoped. They double down with this trade, getting rid of their two worst contracts (Spezza and Lehtonen) to a rebuilding team, while adding four good pieces. Edler gives them a top four defenseman with playoff experience, Sutter gives a hard working veteran centerman, Vanek is a much needed additional sniper and Nilsson is a more solid backup goalie. This trade rounds out their team much better. For the Canucks, they add three key rebuilding pieces, specifically the high end prospect in Julius Honka, who could be in the #1 pairing with Juolevi long term. The first round pick is likely going to be mid round (18-24), and the fourth round pick is another asset. None of the four players the Canucks are trading would be worth Honka or the first round pick alone, but the package of four guys along with taking back bad contracts gives the Canucks a good return. Trade #2 - Granlund to the Ducks To Anaheim: Markus Granlund, conditional draft pick (2nd round if they miss playoffs, 3rd for first or second round, 4th if making conference finals or SC finals) To Vancouver: Jacob Larsson Why: The Ducks are stacked on defense presently and in the future, even after trading Vatanen. With injuries, aging forwards, and a fairly short window to really compete with this core of Getzlaf, Perry and Kesler, the Ducks move a very good defensive prospect for Granlund to be a piece of their present and future, with a flexible contract. They also get a good draft pick, due to the high value of Larsson, which effectively helps replace the pick they used to get him. The Canucks get another good defensive prospect to add to the pool (#11 D Prospect in League: https://thehockeywriters.com/who-is-the-nhls-top-defence-prospect/). Trade #3 - Gudbransson to the Leafs To Toronto: Erik Gudbransson To Vancouver: 2018 2nd & 4th round picks Why: The Leafs are a playoff team this year, and Gudbransson fits a need as a left hand defenseman, who provides needed depth. He's also young, if they want to re-sign him, and flexible if they want to dump him after the season. He's technically a rental, but young enough to be a part of their team going forward, if they decide. For the Canucks, we have Hutton, Del Zotto, Pouliot as left shot defenders (plus Edler and Gudbransson if they aren't traded) so this is an area of depth that we can afford to lose. Gudbransson could be re-signed but he'll never be a top end guy, so getting assets to help the rebuild makes sense. Trade #4 - Sam Gagner to the Devils (this trade could also just be done in the offseason) To New Jersey: Sam Gagner To Vancouver: 3rd and 5th round picks Why: New Jersey just traded Adam Henrique, so this is a fairly low cost acquisition to add a centerman to replace him. He's a real upgrade on Pavel Zacha in the #3 center role. For the Canucks they shed payroll and add picks. Off-season Free Agency: Jonathan Marchessault - 5 years @ 5 million Mark Stone - 6 years @ 6.5 million We will have more money to offer if needed due to losing both Sedins and Edlers contract. 2018/2019 Roster Baerstchi - Horvat - Boeser Eriksson - Marchessault - Stone Goldobin - Spezza - Virtanen Gaunce, Chaput, or young guys to get their shot Hutton - Tanev Del Zotto - Stecher Pouliot - Jonka Larsson Markstrom Overall this roster is weak on defense, but banking on Hutton, Stecher, Pouliot, Jonka and Larsson to continue to develop. Offensively we lose the Sedins and gain Marchessault and Stone, which make us better and far younger. This team will not be great, but a key building year towards competing the following year. 2019/2020 Roster (TRADE: Sell Eriksson, along with a high draft pick, to a team that will take him in exchange for the asset, like Vegas. Also trade Del Zotto for a pick) Goldobin - Marchessault - Stone Baerstchi - Horvat - Boeser Dahlen - Petterson - Virtanen Gadjovich - Gaudette - Lind (or if these guys are still developing, have other fourth liners fill in) Juolevi - Tanev Hutton - Honka Larsson - Stecher Pouliot Demko Markstrom For teams to win in this league, they need players on young rookie contracts adding in to the players in their prime. This team should truly compete with LOTS of young talent and some key veterans around. A lot is banking on the development of the young players but this team is really deep with quality young players. It can roll three good lines, and if guys like Juolevi and Honka step up, they could be really good defensively too. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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