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Re: First round picks

Postby ESQ » Tue Mar 22, 2016 12:19 pm

Tciso wrote:I also don't have a solution to the problem.

Its pretty simple - have younger players contributing to your lineup that the team drafted and developed. Then you're not trying to get big pieces as UFAs, and you can get the lower-tier UFAs on 1-2 year terms.

From the Gillis Regime, Hamhuis was possibly the best UFA pickup - in spite of his decline, nobody would argue that his cap hit is too high for what he brings to the team, and he's off the books at age 33. Malhotra would be a close second, though many thought at the time that Gillis overpaid for a 3rd-line center, he was only signed for 3 years and had he stayed healthy, would have been an enormous contribution.

Compare that to the Sutter contract, where he's off the books at 31, and locked in for what should be his peak years.

Looking at the UFA market, its tough to figure out what Benning would be looking for. With Sutter, Baertschi and Horvat looking like second-liners for next year, and the tryouts for Tryamkin/Pedan/Larsen, Benning may not have to overpay on the UFA market for a top-6 forward or a defenseman. Which is a damn good position to be in, rather than having to open the wallet and pray the UFAs like your town.
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Re: First round picks

Postby Meds » Tue Mar 22, 2016 4:05 pm

ESQ wrote:From the Gillis Regime, Hamhuis was possibly the best UFA pickup - in spite of his decline, nobody would argue that his cap hit is too high for what he brings to the team, and he's off the books at age 33.


Hamhuis shouldn't even be credited to Gillis. That was a no-brainer. Hammer was one of the most sought after UFA defensemen that season. Philly even packaged up a draft pick to Nashville (a 5th at the draft I believe) for his rights to negotiate a deal. He turned them down and Pittsburgh then burned a pick acquiring his rights from the Flyers.....still a no-go. Danny boy was coming home that summer unless the Canucks didn't want him. And, iirc, the other teams were offering more money than Gillis actually paid him.
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Re: First round picks

Postby Lancer » Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:13 pm

Meds wrote:Danny boy was coming home that summer unless the Canucks didn't want him. And, iirc, the other teams were offering more money than Gillis actually paid him.


That, in a nutshell, is why he's still a Canuck. Can't fault him, really, but I'm sure Benning can't wait to get rid of the NTC/NMC contracts he inherited thanks to eye-bags.
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Re: First round picks

Postby Hockey Widow » Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:56 pm

Lancer wrote:
Meds wrote:Danny boy was coming home that summer unless the Canucks didn't want him. And, iirc, the other teams were offering more money than Gillis actually paid him.


That, in a nutshell, is why he's still a Canuck. Can't fault him, really, but I'm sure Benning can't wait to get rid of the NTC/NMC contracts he inherited thanks to eye-bags.



Let's see how he does when he has to start hanging them out!
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