Mats Sundin in says Hi.The Brown Knight wrote:Fuck - Gillis would get his balls chopped off by the Acquillini Group if he signed Vanek for that amount of money.Reefer2 wrote:he has Vanek at $9.5M per season.
Also, you're going to be surprised with FA prices. Almost every team is going to have cap space and the FA pool is very shallow. Low supply, high demand.
It will take that kind of money to lure Vanek for a short term deal. We can trade him for an asset or two if the team isn't competitive, and either way its short term with another big cap jump next season and a bunch of kids coming through the system who will be cost effective.
I think you're also missing the fact that this proposed roster has added ROR, Jensen, Horvat, and Vatanen with Bennett, Gaunce, Shinkaruk, Etem, Corrado, and a top 10 pick coming through the system. It also sees big parts of the core moving in Kesler, Edler, Hansen and Higgins. This is not Calgary and, frankly, if you think Aquillini is going to let the Canucks tank for a few years you're fooling yourself - this would be a fantastic a retool while remaining competitive (aka not an Edmonton rebuild where players don't know how to win).