HKSR Posted February 1, 2022 Share Posted February 1, 2022 So I went through the effort of checking the Canucks actual record the past couple months, and these are my findings: Since the end of November, the Canucks have 5 regulation losses (pretty amazing if you think about it... 5 regulation losses in 2 months): Pittsburgh (at the time, a top 5 team in the entire NHL) Florida (top 5 team in the entire NHL) Tampa (top 5 team in the entire NHL) Carolina (top 5 team in the entire NHL) St Louis (played with our 4th string goaltender, and missing 3 of our Top 6 forwards) Since the end of November, they also have 4 losses in either a shootout or OT: LA -- the end of the winning streak Florida (this was during our covid impacted week -- ie. missing our franchise goaltender along with numerous forwards) Edmonton (this was during our covid impacted week -- ie. missing our franchise goaltender along with numerous forwards) Calgary (probably the worst effort I've seen since Boudreau took over) Since the end of November, they also have 12 wins. So they are 12-5-4 since the end of November. 13-5-4 if you count the Montreal win on Nov 29th. So they have been basically a .700 hockey club. This puts them in the discussions of a top 10 team... TOP 3 in the WEST behind only Colorado and Minnesota. Ok, so what? What if the Canucks don't trade any major core pieces and keep working with what they have now... is it possible? Here's what I've got... Re-signings: Boeser at $7.25M AAV Miller at $8.5M AAV Petey at $8.5M AAV Bo at $7.25M AAV Hogs and Podz both at $3M AAV bridge deals Motte at $2M AAV Trades and Movement: Dickinson NEEDS to be moved... assume he's still here next year, but then gets moved in the last year of his deal. Lockwood and Rathbone move up from the AHL Lammiko moves up into the 3C position Halak will be replaced by Martin at some point too. Halak's bonus is included, and there's still room for other bonuses to kick in. Now assuming the cap limit moves up a measly $1M per year for the next 4 years... here we have it. Cap compliant with the entire core intact... and a team capable of .700 hockey: So there you have it... is it possible? YES. Is it the right decision? I'll leave that up to JR/Allvin, and you guys to decide. 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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