Anyone catch Dreger comment about the Canucks being the team to beat in the West? It was a little while ago. Ego boost.
That has to be the consensus now. With Chicago butchering its team, San Jose losing key pieces, and Detroit getting another year older, Vancouver is the clear favorite. L.A., depending on whether they can land Kovalchuk and replace Frolov, can challenge for a conference title, too.
Vancouver is deep in top 6 forwards, with potential fill-ins with Hodgson, Schroeder; a deep defense top to bottom; a great goaltender with some question marks, backed up by a top prospect; and lots of depth overall. The only piece missing right now is another great PK 3rd/4th line forward.
IMO Phoenix won't repeat their great season, and Colorado isn't ready to take the next step.
We're still in decent shape in terms of cap room if we lose Bieksa:
Assuming Tambellini is around $1 million:
Daniel Sedin ($6.100m) / Henrik Sedin ($6.100m) / Alexandre Burrows ($2.000m)
* Mason Raymond ($2.750m) / Ryan Kesler ($5.000m) / Mikael Samuelsson ($2.500m)
Cody Hodgson ($1.667m) / Manny Malhotra ($2.500m) / * Jeff Tambellini ($1.000m)
* Jannik Hansen ($0.700m) / Rick Rypien ($0.550m) / Victor Oreskovich ($0.575m)
Joel Perrault ($0.510m)
Dan Hamhuis ($4.500m) / Christian Ehrhoff ($3.100m)
Keith Ballard ($4.200m) / Alexander Edler ($3.250m)
Sami Salo ($3.500m) / Aaron Rome ($0.750m)
Andrew Alberts ($1.050m)
Roberto Luongo ($5.333m) / Cory Schneider ($0.900m)
(these totals are compiled using the bonus cushion)
ROSTER: 22; CAP:$59.4m; PAYROLL: $58.535m; CAP ROOM: $1.715m BONUSES: $0.850m
What would you offer him? I would have been fine with 4 million. However lets face it, all dmen have been overpayed today.
I guess you're stuck with the price you paid given the current market for defenders, but it's really not a good price.
Originally Posted by Mr. Canucklehead
Fair enough statement.
Is the player himself worth what we would deem him to be worth, or what the market dictates he is worth?
In this case, the market was setting Hamhuis' price right around where he signed with the Canucks for so, IMO, I can live with it.
As for the term, I don't find it "Wade Redden bad". For a couple of reasons. No. 1, Redden was already noticeably declining when he signed that deal, and it was for several million dollars more. I believe he was also 30 when he signed the deal? Hamhuis is young at 27, will only be 33 when this deal expires, and is a durable, solid defensive defensemen which is exactly what this team needs.
Those are the reasons I am excited for this deal. Hope that sheds some light.
I'm glad you approve, I really didn't want to seem like I was trolling, it's not at all what I attended.
You're right in that he's only 27, but at the same time, ~$28M on a defenseman over the course of six years is a hell of a lot. Good luck with Hammer, he has a tendency to bounce pucks off of himself into his own net. When he's not doing that, he's a terrific defenseman.