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11-25-2012, 08:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Vankiller Whale View Post
The benefit as well as asssets, may be the most improtant, and that is cap space. All signs points to the cap lowering, and teams having to make adjustments to meet this. If Lou had a much lower cap hit, why would the Nucks trade him at all; besides him wanting to leave? Funny how some people expect the Cannucks to yeild a large return in a trade for Lou, and get out from the cap hit, and save the Nucks team millions of dollars long term. All that on a player that is in his early thirties and may not have many years at the top of his game left. Talk about dreaming in technocolour.

The Canucks don't need the cap space though. We're not trading him because of cap reasons, we're trading him because we have a glut of talent at a position where only one elite player is needed, so if we can convert that player into a return that makes us a better team, then we'll do it. So prospective teams would have to give up something that makes us better if they want him.(which is fair, as there's no doubt whatever team gets him will also become a much better team as well)
There have been approximate numbers being proposed in a potential new CBA that would have a cap hit in the neighborhood of 60 million. If that were the case next year, I guess the cap hit of 55 million next year for the Cannucks with 4 NHL d signed for next year, and 13 players under contract should be quite easy to fit under the cap, while allocating 9.3 million for two goalies, while only one can play at a time makes sense? Like it or not, teams will have to make adjustments, and to assume that having potentially 1/6 of your cap used towards two goalies, (when only one can play at a time, but you take the cap hit of both) and carry a long term cap hit on an aging player is good/smart business has no logic. Good luck with that, and to think teams are salavating at the notion of taking a huge contract on like Lou, who is getting older, is not realistic.

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