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Cap Permutations for Next Season's D Corps
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03-16-2011, 06:17 PM
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Vancouver Island
I don't know, I think the Canucks have proven they can get by with (and remain comparable to other elite teams) with a cheaper D such as a 5,6,7 of Alberts, Tanev, and Rome (because he's signed anyway). Renew Alberts for about the same (1.3). Then only sign one of Erhoff or Bieska (obviously you still need solid injury depth).
That will leave space to bring back salary (for a forward or D) in a Schneider trade. In a perfect world, Luongo would get traded and Schneider and a cheaper veteran would carry on. Unfortunately that will never happen. Next best option would to have Luongo/Schneider all next season. But then they lose Schneider's future value for nothing. A trade would seem inevitable.
Resign Hansen at a raise (1.3?). Hodgeson needs to play in the NHL on a top 3 line whether they're Stanley Cup contenders or not. That would almost certainly mean not at centre. Torres goes simply because they don't need him. Many would still like to see Raymond replaced.
In any case the Canucks seem to be in good shape going forward. How about the first and only salary cap dynasty!
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