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10-23-2012, 06:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Scurr View Post
We've been carrying a 4.2m 6th defensemen for going on 3 seasons now, maybe it's that kind of luxury we won't be able to afford? I understand the concern but I'm not sure 5.3m is going to seriously screw us, especially 6 years from now.
Yeah, but there's always been the option to get rid of Ballard if they really needed his space. If the Canucks managed to successfully get Weber I'm sure Ballard would've been on the first plane out of Vancouver. If Luongo retires at age 37-38 then the Canucks will be looking at 4-5 years of dead cap space with no chance of relief.

$5.3 million certainly isn't pocket change; it's probably the sum total of the Sedins, Kesler, Bieksa, and Burrows' home town discounts. I know I'll be choked if the Canucks lose the equivalent of that just because Bettman and a few owners don't like long term deals.

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