BigTramFan Posted July 21, 2019 Share Posted July 21, 2019 3 hours ago, Hindustan Smyl said: I think an average or “passable” 2nd pairing dman will get about 4.5 million in this market, but a good 2nd pairing dman that wouldn’t look completely out of place on a 1st pairing (if there are injuries) will get about 5.5-6 in my opinion. I’d personally go as high as 6 for Gardiner. I don’t want Hughes or Benn being forced to play on the top pairing if Edler gets hurt. I’m not really arguing what Gardiner is worth to some other team. My belief is that TO THE CANUCKS he is worth $4.5m. This is due to our situation. I would sign him for 4 years at that value, no more. He may be interested in the longer term. We cannot afford more than that as we have to keep room for Hughes and Pettersson. This is a potential opportunity to get a player for less per year by offering term, similar to how we signed Ferland. If Gardiner is not on board at that value, then I would walk away. We cannot afford to pay another UFA Dman $6m+ IMO. You can argue that we CAN afford him with our cap, but I mean moving forward in the next few years, I don’t think we can be paying him any more. Second pairing guys need to be at the $4-4.5m level. Bottom pairing at the $2m level. If we don’t keep a lid on what we are paying role players, then we will never win the Cup. And regarding your “passable” vs “good” comment. I believe a second pairing guy at the $4m level should be good enough to step up to the top pairing in case of injury. You can’t pay a player top pairing money just so he can step up in case of injury. Additionally, if we can sign Boeser to $6.5m then I would suggest that we could clear enough cap space for Gardiner (at $4.5m) just by trading Baer and Schaller. Tanev could stay with the Canucks until the TDL, then a decision could be made as to whether to trade him or keep Tanev for a playoff run. Canucks D could be something like: Edler Myers Gardiner Tanev Hughes Benn Fantenberg Stecher 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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