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Canucks Re-Sign Chris Higgins to 2-Year, $3.8m Deal ($1.9m/year cap hit)

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07-01-2011, 11:10 AM
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Good signing. Right in the salary range he should have been in.

I still believe you get good value trading for pending UFA's that you hope to retain. More often than not a team like Vancouver can. Nice addition to the organization for a 3rd rd oick.
Indeed. This is a way not to overpay on July 1 as players have had a taste of the team culture, city and winning. Also it is a bit of a bummer to move your family twice in one year.

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Higgins is such a good player until he gets within 5 feet of the net. Maybe the canucks can work him with the skills coach because he could easily be a 25 goal scorer if he could finish some of the scoring chances he generates with his speed and hard work.
His career average is 21 goals per 82 games. He was a consistent 25-goal scorer until he had a couple of tough years where he got injured and bounced around a bit. Unfortunately he does seem to have some durability issues. But then again Ballard and Hamhuis were supposed to be 2 of the most durable defensemen in the league, and look how that theory turned out.

I think a lot of people underrate Higgins and Samuelsson. If both are healthy next year that wouldn't be a bad 2nd line. I'd like to upgrade it if possible but the kind of players we're looking for don't just fall out of the sky. We either take a chance on someone like Gagne or Fleischmann, give up major assets in a trade or end up with another marginal 2nd liner.

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I like it because that means there were no rentals at the deadline.

Bet Higgins and Lappy really wanted to come back.
Yes, good point. Its nice to see those 3rd picks went to good use.

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07-01-2011, 11:14 AM
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Good deal, was hoping just under 2 mil

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The guy has some ****** offensive stats the last couple of years

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07-01-2011, 11:19 AM
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The guy has some ****** offensive stats the last couple of years
And that's why this is a great deal for both teams. IF healthy higgins will probably score 20 goals. Great for the team, great for higgins future.

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07-01-2011, 11:19 AM
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Now Vancouver has the 3rd least money per player (only San Jose and Buffalo have less). Anyone else wanting to stay will need to give up millions of dollars. #capgeek.

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07-01-2011, 11:19 AM
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The guy has some ****** offensive stats the last couple of years
Not when you look at them in context. He was as proficient as Ryan Kesler at even strength on a much worse, less skilled Florida team.

30 even strength points is excellent bottom 6 production - Higgins should be able to do that opposite Hansen from the 3rd line.

Not to mention he's strong defensively and has a goalscoring upside rarely seen in 3rd line players.

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Now Vancouver has the 3rd least money per player (only San Jose and Buffalo have less). Anyone else wanting to stay will need to give up millions of dollars. #capgeek.
We can spend over and shop Ballard and utilize May Ray's LTIR.

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Now Vancouver has the 3rd least money per player (only San Jose and Buffalo have less). Anyone else wanting to stay will need to give up millions of dollars. #capgeek.
Who else is even left to stay besides Torres? There's not much out there as UFA anyways. We're probably looking at a trade somewhere for the top-6.

Edit: Forgot about RFAs

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Excellent deal. Now get Hansen done, and we'll still have a chunk of money to work with.

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Excellent deal. Now get Hansen done, and we'll still have a chunk of money to work with.
Yep. Hansen even at $1.5 gives us more than $6 million for two players. Not too shabby.

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I'm ok with the signing. Not nearly as big a Higgins fan as most around here but he's ok at that salary.

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Looking at the FA market, I really thought Higgins was the most ideal LW 3rd liner. He can PK, PP, move up and down the line-up. He hustles as much as Hansen and used his body a lot more than others on this team.

Let's hope he goes back to the skate protecters they made mandatory in Montreal. Likely would have saved his broken foot.

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Is Junior Nelson calling in team1040?

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I'm ok with the signing. Not nearly as big a Higgins fan as most around here but he's ok at that salary.
Not a big fan of him on the second line or just in general?

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Not when you look at them in context. He was as proficient as Ryan Kesler at even strength on a much worse, less skilled Florida team.

30 even strength points is excellent bottom 6 production - Higgins should be able to do that opposite Hansen from the 3rd line.

Not to mention he's strong defensively and has a goalscoring upside rarely seen in 3rd line players.
Didn't Higgins produce a fair amount of that playing as a top 6 player for Florida? I don't see huge upside here, and would be a mediocre top 6 player because his hands aren't really there. He's a good bottom 6 player because he's a strong two way player. But I don't expect 30 points from him unless he gets some line time with Kesler, which I do expect.

Unfortunately, this might mean Raymond is a 2nd liner again. I mean, when he is healthy, and we do get a top 6 forward, where do you stick him in the lineup? He is clearly better than Higgins, though softer.

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07-01-2011, 11:52 AM
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It's refreshing to see someone sign for a reasonable contract. $1.9 is second/third line money and that's what Higgins is.

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Glad to see Higgins back. With Raymond out and Torres seemingly on the fence coupled with Samuelsson's injury and end to his season it was important to get this depth for our forward group given he can seemingly play anywhere. He's an excellent foot soldier for this group.

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Yes! The two most important players that I felt the team had to re-sign when Ehrhoff left. Very good deals.

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Gillis is nutty on value, 1.9 higgins, 2 for salo, 4.6 for bieksa. What great contracts so far.

But we need top 6 forwards

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Based on his Playoff performance you could be happy with this contract. However knowing how much he can suck from his Ranger days, I'm pretty sure quite a few Canuck fans will be all over him at some point over the next 2 years.

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Between Higgins, Samuelsson and Raymond, our forwards have less physicality than a WNBA team. GET SOME SIZE!

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Terrific signing.

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Awesome sauce! Higgins was instantly a great addition to this team and this is very good value for one of the hardest working players of the entire playoff run.

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