Seems the obvious choice...not a whole lotta difference between Vandy and double A, barker at least brings a different sjill set.
I'd send down Alberts (but we know that won't happen) even though he's probably the slightly better defense than Vandermeer in the hopes somebody will actually claim him (Vandermeer being the far cheaper cap hit). Plus, I'd rather have a guy like Vandermeer take on the useless thugs like Eager than Kassian.
Alberts is underrated. Plays a physical but safe game and knows his role as #7. I have no problems with AA assuming AV doesn't try making him a top 4 guy.
Too much a luxory as a #7 @ 1.225 million. Especially when don't have to downgrade too much to Vandermeer (and again, at least the later has other "skills" that are useful to the club - eg., can always use him as an extra forward as insurance in case we're short on D).
Sure if you ignore cap hits - it would be a no-brainer. I wouldn't want Rome @ $1.6 million (given the current cap structure of our blueline - he'd be too expensive IMHO).
Rome only makes $1.5 million, $275k more than Alberts, and he's twice the hockey player. Plus the Canucks are going to have to dump Ballard next offseason, and Rome would be a serviceable #6 guy to step up and replace him.
Why wouldn't you try Raymond with Schroeder again? Makes for a stronger third line, and a potentially more offensive second line (if the chemistry really is there) without sacrificing any defensive ability. Aside from that, it's definitely a lineup I'd test - two strong defensive wingers with Schroeder makes it much more likely to succeed than anything depending on Kassian there (not that he's bad defensively, but two young players on a line aren't likely to be depended on much by AV).