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01-16-2013, 07:41 PM
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Drop the Sopel
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Originally Posted by pitseleh View Post
I think this is it this year. The last of the team's value contracts expire at the end of this season, all of the team's key forwards are on the wrong side of the aging curve, there is little push from prospects below becoming quality NHLers in the short term (especially up front - Kassian and Jensen are a few years away from being quality players if they reach that point), and they will have to deal with a declining salary cap going forward (which is tougher in this team's case because they don't have any noticeably bad contracts other than Ballard's).
You could have said this about the Canucks defense a few years ago with an aging Salo, Ohlund and Mitchell. Then we sign 2 outstanding dmen in Hamhuis and Garrison and the backend is solidified longterm.

I would say the window is open as long as the Sedins are in Vancouver and playing well in a top 6 role. Even if they regress into 60-70 point players, that doesn't mean the Canucks won't be able to score enough goals. Look at the Bruins forward corps in their cup winning year as an example. Nobody over 62 points...

This 'window' would have been more limited had we held onto Luongo. With Schneider, it extends it if he stays in Vancouver.

Too much uncertainty to say the Canucks only have a couple more years. Trades, free agency and rapid, unexpected development from prospects could really change the look of this team.

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