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07-06-2010, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by LostMyGlasses View Post
After 6 weeks on the team, I'd argue Alberts is ahead or at the same level of where O'Brien was after the same amount of time.

Is Alberts a headcase? Is he disciplined? If he is a good character player, the edge is duly towards Alberts.

Both played in the SouthEast, neither in a system with any kind of structure. Personally, I think after a summer of conditioning and training camp with the team, Alberts could be as good as O'Brien.
And cheaper at a cap hit of $1,050,000... since the Canucks are cap-strapped $550,000 in space can be useful.

BTW here is a list from Capgeek of salary committed to Dmen by team and how many signed.

Vancouver is Number 2 ($25,700,000 - 9) behind the Leafs just ahead of the Flyers, Wings, Oilers and Habs.

However on cost per player on D Vancouver ranks #11 at $2,855,556 while Chicago leads the way at $4,173,459 and the Leafs are second at $3,760,714 followed by the Rangers, Wings and Flyers. Also note while Vancouver has 9 D signed the Hawks and Rangers have only 4 signed.

So all in all Vancouver looks in pretty good shape and it seems likely Bieksa will be moved and maybe O'Brien which would open up an extra $5.375 million in cap space. Gillis and Gilman look to be doing good job managing the cap at the top end.

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