I usually like your posts Meds, very sensible.
But not this one.
I don't want to see Parise or Suter/Weber if it breaks the Canucks salary structure.
I give top marks to GMMG for setting the scale, and not overpaying crazy money for guys that then go bust
(hello Scott Gomez, Wade Redden, Ville Leino )
Our top line Sedins (Hart, Ross, etc) are better than point a game for 3 seasons and make $6.1 mil
Kesler (Selke, ~30 goal average past 3 years) makes $5 mil
Hamhuis - 37 points & + 29 = $4.6 mil
Bieksa - 44 points and +12 = $4.7 mil
So where does that put Suter? (46 points & +15) = somewhere around $5 or at most $5.5
Parise had 69 points and a -5 in 82 games for the year. Would he be the same player as the 2009-10 guy who scored 38 goals & 82 points? Or the 69 & -5 like this year? He should be about $5.5 or max $6 mil as a Canuck.
However I have no doubt that Suter will top $6 mil and Parise will top $7 mil.
So suppose we get Parise for $7 mil, and he turns in another 30 goal 70 point season and a poor +/-
Burrows next year has a 30 goal, maybe 60 point season and in the plus 20's == So what kind of payout does he get after busting his ass for 2 yeaars for $2 mil?
I'd much rather see them try perhaps to get UFAs a 3rd line center, 2nd line winger or a 4th/5th D-man for around $3 mil, and continue to develop our own players
If Vigneault is gone then I would go after the following.....(in no particular order)
Zach Parise. Ryan Suter.
On the way out would be Luongo, Raymond, Edler, Pahlsson or Malhotra, Rome, and Salo. Total free space of $16.3M(ish).
If Salo wants one more kick at the can, and GMMG can make some good changes and still maintain a contender, then I would advocate for bringing Salo back at $1.25M or less to play the #6 spot and fill in at 4 and 5 when needed. He still makes good plays, he's smart, still has the cannon, he just can't play the big minutes and he's a step (or two) slower.
$21.8M on the blueline assuming $6M for Suter, and $1.25M each for O'Brien and Salo.
$38.5M in the top 12 assuming $6.5 for Parise, and a token raise to Weise bringing him to $870K.
$5.5M in the crease assuming Schneider gets $3.75M on a short-term (2-3 years) deal and allowing up to $1.5M for a backup.
That is $65.8M in salary, we spent $64.28 this year. It leaves no wiggle room and it screws a team when injuries hit. But I would imagine that the cap is going to go up again this year by a couple percentage points.
There is also the fact that anyone taking some of our players will have to give back salary in return, so that of course shoots my whole fantasy team right out of the sky.