Canucks chasing Bouwmeester
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03-04-2009, 02:09 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Personally I think fans will be shocked just how little Bouwmeester will bring the Panthers initially. There is only likely three teams which includes the Canucks in the running for him if he is traded.
The Panthers will want at least one roster player now, likely two, but all cheap salarywise. That means teams will not be able to send salary back in order to make space capwise. Two seasons from now salary is going to be critical with the cap going down $10 to $12 million from what it is now.
I could see O'Brien, Raymond and a 2nd packaged for now with a hefty future considerations (Schneider and two firsts) if the team signs Bouwmeester before the start of next season. That would mean potentially 6 players aged 25 or less and all earning $1 million or less. Added to what Florida already has will make them one of the stronger teams in the cap strapped future NHL.
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