All makes sense. I agree that Vancouver isn't ready to go all in on a player like Lucic. Neither is edmonton, but I can see him choosing there given Caggiula and Schultz did the same. They still need a top level dman more than anything even if they get Lucic.Hockey Widow wrote:Hey Doc, maybe you should send Lucic some tape?
Some of my buddies told him he was nuts for going there but Chiarelli did a good job selling him on how important he was. He will be getting a leadership role and a green light to control the dressing room. Mostly he was greedy thinking about 20+ more points riding shotgun with McJesus.
But his final decision hasn't been made. He has Calgary, Anaheim, Dallas and the two Florida teams to check out yet. One of my friends told me he thinks if Dallas can make the cap work he'll end up there. He knows Gagliardi and I'm sure there will be a full court press. The weather is nicer. Perhaps once in Dallas he will feel differently. WTF does 20+ more points mean if you are on your last contract anyway?
With the state of the Canucks he doesn't want to be in this market. If they were a contender it would be a fun place to finish his career but with where we are at he knows he would be a lighting rod for criticism. He doesn't want the grief from family and friends especially since he plans to retire to Vancouver.
If I'm Benning I'm focussed more on guys like Eriksson, Brouwer, McGinn, Stempniak. Second tier guys except for Eriksson. Can probably get them on shorter term deals for slightly less money than guys like Lucic, Ladd.
I'd also expect them to go after a guy like Boedker - he's young and fast, basically another Jannik Hansen though will cost probably twice as much per season if not more.