J.I.A.H.N Posted December 11, 2021 Share Posted December 11, 2021 (edited) Well, we need a long term solution for a #2 RHD. How does Jimmy Rutherford accomplish this, with our coffer empty, and without loosing momentum? Let's look at this from Rutherford's POV......... #1. Next year, Brock Boeser (25 in Feb. 2022) will be negotiating his new contract, with a qualifying offer of $7,500,000 #2 The year after JT Miller (29 in Mar. 2022) will be a UFA and up for contract renewal, he is making $5,250,000 currently #3. The same year Miller is up for renewal, Bo Horvat (27 in April, 2022) is up, and he is a UFA as well, he is making $5,500,000 currently There you have it, one of these 3 will get moved sometime between now the TDL and the draft, Jimmy Rutherford will have to move one of these players to fit under the cap So let's look at these players, and ask ourselves which one, gets moved? This is what I have come up with. #1. Bo Horvat, our captain, who, for all his warts, is a very consist , second line center, now although his value would be high, with Quinn Hughes signing a 6 year X $7,850,000, and Pettersson signing a $7,350,000 x 3. I believe his ask would be the lesser than that of Pettersson, even though Pettersson is on a 3 year deal and a RFA. So, I am calling Horvat new contract at around $7,000,000, which is lower than what he would get on the open market. I say he stays. This bring us to the 2 remaining players, Miller, who is arguably our best forward, and Boeser, who is 4 years younger than Miller, and who fits the age of the core better. But this is where it become murky for me, as even with Boeser's qualifying offer being $7,500,000, his extension should be around $7,000,000 X 6, if the Canucks are using an internal cap. Miller how ever, if he maintains his current level of play, will be asking north of $8,000,000, which does not fit our cap in any way. He will also be asking for term ( X6 years) like every other first line leading scorer. I can not see it being any less. This is where, it circles back to a #2 RHD, and intertwines with either Miller or Boeser, as we will also be trying to fit this #2, under the cap, with the other players, we keep. We are tight, and we are within defined needs. This again is where, it gets hazy for me, as trading Miller for a 25/26 #2 RHD, will be a $5,000,000 to $6,000,000 dollar cost. which really puts us back into a cap crunch. It is with these issues in mind, that it leads me, to think that Rutherford will look to trade our 2022 1st for a player of Cenak's level, which would be a heavy cost, or would trade Miller for a seasoned young RHD (think Dobson or Schneider) or possibly a player like Horonek out of Detroit , who may not be quite what we need. Or go all in on a 2022 draft RHD, such as either Nemec or Jiricek, both of which are a year or 2 a way. ( that has never been Rutherford's style, so I am not convinced that is an option for him. So, what is it? Trade Miller or Boeser? Draft a RHD or trade for a young RHD? They are intertwined, as I said, and now that the real Trader Jim is here, I am confused, and not exactly convinced that any of my arguments hold water? Please note, that although I put this down as a trade proposal/discussion, it is really a discussion piece, with the understanding that some may offer up a trade idea.............. Again, this is not about moving pieces tomorrow, but rather later closer to the TDL or later................ Thanks JIAHN Edited December 11, 2021 by J.I.A.H.N 1 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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