Mondi wrote:This time they are getting straight to it, without brining in the likes of Messier and Moginly to add to a core that wasn't quite good enough.
We should really wait until Free Agency to make that assumption. They have a good chunk of money to spend ($17.7M) no big-ticket RFA's to sign (should be able to get both Kassian and Tanev for $5M, Vey will come cheap) and most roster spots filled.
Given that Vey is NOT exempt from waivers, you'd have to think the Canucks are going to slot him into the lineup in the fall as a regular player. Losing him on waivers isn't an option after giving up a 2nd rounder for him.
I don't think Benning is done with the roster, it seems that with Higgins, Hansen, Dorsett, Vey, Sestito, Matthias, Richardson and Horvat there is a glut of forwards that should be in the bottom-6 next yeaer. I'd expect Higgins or Hansen to be moved out. Personally, I'm hoping it's Hansen, as Higgins has proved to be more versatile.
The other option is to send Horvat back for his overage year. I imagine there are things on his offensive game he can work on, and we don't burn a year of his ELC. I don't see a need to rush him at this stage. This team will likely suck, and it would be better to let the veterans take the hit this season before a real youth movement can begin next season with a couple of Horvat, Shinkaruk, Virtanen, Gaunce (McDavid/Eichel ??
) etc. ready to make the jump to the bigs. They probably won't go that route, preferring to sell the "youth movement" to the retarded majority of Canuck fans.
All that aside, I expect Lindenning to go out and throw money at a couple UFA's, just to make us look more competitive than we really are, maybe get us into the 10th spot in the West.