Several notable prospects but little depth in Vancouver Canucks' system
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11-03-2012, 03:35 PM
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That offer was a rookie mistake, it had no chance of working.
The OS had no chance of working because it was for an average of $2.5 million per season, netting the Blues only a 2nd round pick in return. Had Gillis upped the offer to an average salary that required a 1st and 3rd round pick as compensation, he might have had a shot of landing Backes. But, that would have required a deal that averaged over $3 million per season.
Like the Kesler OS from Philly, a 2nd rounder for a big young center isn't enough of a return. Pick is for the following draft, plus that pick is going to take 3-5 years to develop into an NHL. So, Kesler/Backes would have between 4-6 years in the NHL before the pick sees the ice. What GM is going to allow that to occur on their watch?
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