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01-02-2013, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr. Canucklehead View Post
So, assuming that a deal gets worked out and we get an abbreviated season, what are the holes in our current lineup and how do we go about plugging them?

D. Sedin(6.1) - H. Sedin(6.1) - Burrows(2)
Higgins(1.9) - Kesler(5) - Booth(4.25)
Raymond(2.5) - Lapierre(1) - Hansen(1.35)
Weise(.615) - Malhotra(2.5) - ????

Bieksa(4.6) - Hamhuis(4.5)
Edler(3.25) - Garrison(4.5)
Ballard(4.2) - Tanev(.900)
Alberts(1.225)

Schneider(4)
Luongo(5.33)

Total Salary Committed: $65,820,000

Now, I think I read somewhere that if the deal goes through without significant changes to the cap structure, that we would be looking at a cap of $67m, which would leave us some wiggle room at the very least. At least one (Kassian?), and possibly an additional extra forward are required to fill out the forward lines.

The other question mark is Ryan Kesler's status - he still hasn't been cleared to return as of the last reports, so one would think that he would start on the IR, giving us the benefit of some salary breathing room if we need to exceed the cap, but also opening up the question of who comes up in his place. (Jordan Schroeder would be the logical selection my mind)

Then of course, there is the Luongo situation which still needs to play out.

Thoughts?
It's clear that Luongo will be dealt. The pieces coming back will need to address the playoff scoring issues of this team - which is the overall depth of their attack.

The Sedins have shown that they can be quieted for stretches in the playoffs - and with Kesler not being 100% in basically every playoff series ever, it's clear that this team needs additional offensive support.

Higgins/Raymond - Kesler(???) - Booth: This line is just frustrating to watch. No real chemistry and is entirely dependent on the health of Ryan Kesler. If he's ready to go to star the year (whenever that is) then great, if he's not the Canucks have a major question mark here.

As stated before, Tyler Bozak is nothing more than a stop gap solution. It's going to be interesting to see what the Canucks do here, but they need to fix their playoff scoring woes.

Far too much pressure on their goaltending and they need to be able to create chances and bury them. Not going to win many playoff games or series when you score 2 goals a game max.

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