NHL97OneTimer Posted January 22, 2022 Share Posted January 22, 2022 (edited) It's been tricky to really judge this team over the past few weeks given the COVID impact. I think this team can pull off a playoff spot still, and regardless, this team is looking like it's tracking well overall. With that said, I don't think JR believes in this group as is and I don't blame him. We want a contender, not a possible playoff team. If you're JR and you look at the salary cap knowing you have some decisions ahead of you, do you wait for the trade deadline or do you act sooner? In normal years, you wait for the trade deadline. However, this year's financial situation may mean trading a bigger salary will be more difficult, so working the lines earlier may be prudent. Back in October, the Hockey Writers wrote that Boeser's next contract will likely be a $7.5-8.5M/yr x 6-7 years. Now this may be different by the time he needs to resign, but anything close to this number at this point is just not on. This is perhaps where I'll rub a few people the wrong way but Boeser is just too slow, soft and inconsistent to be a guy paid at this level. He also brings very few intangibles unlike players like JT and Bo. He can shoot well and his takeaway-to-giveaway ratio is the best on the team (surprisingly), but he doesn't hit or do well in the circle. His +/- is second to worst on the team and his offensive production is fairly weak for a guy getting nearly 20 min a game with first powerplay time. Compare analytics with Podkolzin who has 2/3s the ice time. He has a similar goals per TOI ratio despite not being on the first power play. He outranks Boeser in hits, +/- (by 10), face-off % (small numbers though), shooting percentage and other stats. He's an excellent shooter himself. Full disclosure - I like Brock and I'd like to have him stay on this team for a cap hit that makes sense. But if this team wants to move forward, it has to avoid contracts like what Brock will demand. We need to avoid summers with stars not being signed, and we absolutely have to avoid losing other good players because of signing bad contracts (e.g. losing Marky, Tanev and Toffoli). JR also has to establish a culture where contracts match performance and are not increased just because they're old contract is expiring. If the Canucks are to be a contender, that window needs to happen in the next 3-5 years. It all starts in the next 4 weeks and JR better start by pulling the trigger on Boeser imo. What do you think? Have the Canucks reached the fork in the road where core players need to be moved before the deadline in order to make the next jump? Edited January 22, 2022 by NHL97OneTimer 2 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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